Pres. Duterte Reviews Proposed P4.1-T 2020 Budget

Pres. Duterte Reviews Proposed P4.1-T 2020 Budget


Globe Recreates The Way You Learn With Special Promos

Globe introduces special Go promos for students and the GoTOK series to make quality learning and self-improvement accessible for everyone online and in real life!

Roma Point Bridge Construction In Full Swing With Republic Cement Support

Expected to be the longest bridge in Calabarzon, the Roma Point Bridge, also known as the Alabat Bridge, will be 1.7 kilometers long upon completion and will connect Alabat Island to mainland Quezon province.

Specialty Pulp Manufacturing Inc. Chooses 100% Clean Energy From EDC

Agriculture-based manufacturing company SPMI is now being powered by clean, renewable, reliable energy from EDC!

1st ARISE Virtual Annual General Membership Meeting Focused On Business Resilience

ARISE Philippines discusses the need to focus on key priority areas in its advocacies on disaster risk reduction in its first virtual Annual General Membership Meeting.

President Rodrigo Duterte is thoroughly scrutinizing the proposed PHP4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 which was recently ratified by Congress, Malacañang said.

“Pinag-aaralan niya (He’s reviewing it),” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told dzIQ, when asked if the President has already received the proposed 2020 budget ratified by the Senate and the House of Representatives on December 11.

Panelo, however, could not say as to when the President will sign the budget spending plan for next year.

To avert another scenario of a reenacted budget, senators and congressmen comprising the bicameral conference committee approved on Dec. 11 the final version of the PHP4.1-trillion national budget bill for 2020.

The national government was forced to operate under a reenacted 2018 budget from January to mid-April 2019 because of the Senate and House of Representatives’ squabble over supposed insertions and realignments made by some lawmakers in the PHP3.757-trillion budget for 2019.

The ratification of the proposed 2020 budget met the strict timeline set by the two chambers, despite the supposed last-minute insertions worth PHP83 billion made in the last few days of the bicameral deliberations.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, who skipped the signing of the bicameral report on the 2020 national spending plan, claimed Tuesday that around 1,253 budget items amounting to PHP83.219 billion are being included in the proposed budget as congressmen’s “source” of their “list” of 742 projects worth PHP16.342 billion.

Lacson said he could not determine which of the two sets of projects were inserted “at the last minute” prior to the bicameral signing because “there is no preliminary explanation from the House regarding the two files.”

The senator noted that the provinces that received the biggest share of the supposed insertions are Albay (PHP670 million), Cavite (PHP580 million), Sorsogon (PHP570 million), Batangas (PHP502 million), Bulacan (PHP440 million), Pangasinan (PHP420 million), and Cebu (PHP410 million).

In November 2013, the Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional the Priority Development Assistance Fund or the pork barrel, a discretionary fund received by lawmakers every year for their pet projects.

Panelo guaranteed that the President would wield his veto power to get rid of the funds inserted in the proposed 2020 General Appropriations Act that will be found violative of the 1987 Constitution.

“Gaya nga ng sinasabi, simula’t sapul, basta merong isang batas na panukala sa kanyang lamesa, ito ay sasang-ayunan at pipirmahan niya kung ito ay naaayon sa Saligang Batas (Just like what we’re saying ever since, the President will sign any proposed measure that complies with the Constitution),” he said.

“At anuman ang probisyon na labag dito ay kanyang ibi-veto. ‘Yun ang palagi niyang sinasabi (He will veto any provisions that violate the Constitution. That’s what he always says),” the Palace official added. (PNA)

San Carlos City Bans Non-Essential Travel

Negros Occidental indefinitely prohibits non-essential travel among its residents due to the rising cases of COVID-19.

Christmas Parties In Metro Manila Cancelled This Year

Merry pa rin kaya ang Christmas kahit walang parties?

Bello: 4K OFWs Stranded Due To PhilHealth Issue With PRC

Here's how the Philhealth issue affects Filipinos during the pandemic:

Dim Water Prospects Continue To Haunt 3 Luzon Dams

The Angat, San Roque, and Pantabangan dams in Luzon may still be struggling for water this November.

Rep. Aglipay Calls For Proper Disposal Of Face Masks, Face Shields

"The proper disposal of such medical waste is not only a vital part of defeating COVID-19 but also a means to ensure that future generations have a ‘balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature’ as guaranteed by no less than the 1987 Philippine Constitution," said DIWA Rep. Michael Edgar Aglipay.

Pasay’s SAP Recipients To Get Aid Starting Oct. 21

Qualified beneficiaries of the government's second tranche of SAP in Pasay City are set to receive financial assistance starting October 21, 2020.

DOLE Gives P26-M Aid To 4K Bicolanos

The grant aims to see people's lives transform from good to better, then better to best, said Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

Lenovo Introduces The Legion Phone Duel In The Philippines

What makes the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel perfect for gaming? Let us give you the equipment that make up the promising smartphone!

Bello: DOLE Eyes Lifting Temporary Suspension On Deployment Of HCWs

The Department of Labor and Employment is looking at lifting the temporary suspension of deployment of health care workers abroad, but with conditions.

Roque: DepEd May Only Be Discouraging Minors From Joining Rallies

Pabor ka bang sumali sa peaceful assemblies ang kabataan?