Angara: Bicam budget meeting will go smoothly

Senate finance committee chair Sen. Sonny Angara on Wednesday expressed hopes the bicameral conference meeting to finalize the 2021 national budget will go smoothly, as members of both chambers of the House were focused on pandemic responses, COVID-19 vaccines, and other health programs of the Duterte government......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardDec 2nd, 2020

As COVID-19 ravages the Philippines, a bible thumper insults our intelligence

RJ Nieto We have been made too aware of the speakership catfight in the House of Representatives. On one side is Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano who, last year, agreed to a term sharing deal that entails his voluntary resignation this month. On the other side, the PDP-Laban Lord Allan Velasco, head of the House’s biggest political party. If Cayetano just complied with the term-sharing agreement that he himself insisted on having, then the nation could have moved on and returned its focus on the COVID-19 pandemic that has been ravaging the erstwhile flourishing Philippine economy. But that was not the case: after getting a taste of his lucrative position for 15 months, Cayetano didn’t want to let go. In mid-September, Cayetano said he should remain as the speaker as he claims to enjoy majority support. Days later, his camp even went a step further when Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte accused Velasco of planning to delay the passage of the crucial 2021 National Budget. President Rodrigo Duterte, acting as head of the Kilusang Pagbabago Coalition, mediated the rift when he called for a meeting with Cayetano and Velasco. There are various versions of what happened during the meeting, but what’s clear is that both sides agreed to a vote on the speakership on October 14th. At this point, minus the speakership drama, pretty much everything else in the House, especially the 2021 budget deliberations, was going quite smoothly . At this point, the Cayetano-Velasco catfight was still a purely political skirmish. But things took a turn for the worse during the October 7 House session. While the budget debates were still ongoing, Cayetano abruptly declared the end of debates. He then moved to suspend House sessions until mid-November, effectively cancelling the October 14th vote for speaker. Cayetano’s move squarely violated Section 16(5), Article VI, of the Constitution, which forbids the House from adjourning for more than three days without the Senate’s nod. The term he used — “suspension” — is just semantic acrobatics for adjournment. Cayetano’s move effectively delayed the transmission to the Senate of the budget’s House version from October 14 to mid-November at the earliest. For the sake of holding onto power, he escalated the purely political skirmish into a full-blown national crisis. If Cayetano and his allies did not want a speakership change because his replacement will just delay the budget, then why did he delay the budget himself? The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a New Normal, and we need a national budget that takes this New Normal into account. However, the speaker’s latest political stunt risks the reenactment of the previous national budget, a budget that was written before COVID-19 ravaged us. How can the nation address the rampaging pandemic without a national budget that recognizes COVID-19 as a national disaster? We need more IT infrastructure funding as more Filipinos engage in e-commerce and as schools shift to online learning. We need more healthcare funding as Filipinos continue to get infected with this virus. We need more fiscal support for ailing businesses as thousands have gone bankrupt after the economy ground to a halt. But all of these may not happen because of what Cayetano did. He can bicker with anyone as much as he wants, but he should not sacrifice the welfare of this nation for the sake of his ambitions. Cayetano loves to quote the Bible every chance he gets, but it appears that the Bible he reads excludes all the verses that mention greed. I know for a fact that politicians want power. Running for office, after all, is inherently a quest to gain power. But power is sought not for power’s sake. Power is just a means to towards an end, and that end should be public welfare. Too bad for us earthlings, Cayetano may not share the same view of power. And even if he does, his notion of power is a warped, twisted version that serves his aspirations more than those of the Filipino people. And despite what he’s done, he has the gall to insult our intelligence by claiming that he has the nation’s best interests in mind. If there’s anything we can learn from Cayetano, that would be new and more creative ways to cringe. Alan Peter Cayetano’s latest stunt suggests that while Alan Peter Cayetano may still love this country, Alan Peter Cayetano happens to love Alan Peter Cayetano more. For comments and reactions, please email or visit»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 9th, 2020

Congress promises PSC funding for Tokyo Olympics

Lawmakers promised to heed the Philippine Sports Commission’s call for financial support for the Tokyo Olympics next year. Congressmen who are members of the Committee on Youth and Sports Development gave a positive response when the government’s sports arm lobbied for Tokyo 2021 budget in the House of Representatives.   "Rest assured that we will do our part to get the funding for this Olympics. All hands are in. Dapat lahat tayo dito. This is the best chance we have," said committee head Rep. Eric Martinez. He added that they would discuss the matter with the Department of Budget and Management and schedule it the soonest time possible because the athletes "need that budget for the Olympics." PSC Chairman William 'Butch' Ramirez during the regular committee meeting on Wednesday bared the sports agency's need for its slashed funds to continue supporting the training and competitions of Tokyo Olympic Games qualifiers and hopefuls vying for slots.   "We were one of those government offices who also contributed to the Bayanihan Act. The DBM deducted from us. Para sa amin malaking bagay 'yun kasi kasama doon 'yung Olympic budget namin. Hanggang ngayon po bakante 'yan. It's an opportunity for us to ask, we need your help," expressed Ramirez. After presenting the Olympic budget request of more than P182 Million for Tokyo-bound athletes and hopefuls made by Chef de Mission (CDM) Mariano Araneta to the PSC, the sports agency chief highlighted the push Congress can give to the country's Olympic dream.     "Rep. Bambol Tolentino has initially supported ‘yung P180 million na allowances ng atleta which was approved by the bicam, and to be approved by the President. Thank you sa lahat ng congressman na sumuporta. Pero 'yung Olympic budget namin, we are hoping again for your support," said Ramirez. The PSC chief informed the body that "the Philippine Sports Commission is operating on the savings coming from PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation)" and that "when we talk about the elite athletes of the national team, the budget being used is the NSDF (National Sports Development Fund)” prompting PSC to lessen grassroots sports program related to local government units. "Dito kami naka-focus sa elite athletes. We still have some budget just enough for us to reach December," admitted Ramirez in his response to Committee Vice-Chair Jericho Nograles' inquiry on the PSC's funds. To aid in the government’s effort to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, P596 million from the National Sports Development Fund and another P773 million from the General Appropriations Act by the DBM was slashed from the PSC’s budget. Gymnast Caloy Yulo, pole vaulter EJ Obiena and boxers Irish Magno and Eumir Marcial already qualified for the Summer Games. Eighty-two more hopefuls are training to earn spots in the Tokyo Olympics.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 27th, 2020

Senate, House adopt bicam report on 2020 budget

THE Bicameral Conference Committee (bicam) report on the proposed P4.1 national budget for 2020 has been adopted by both panels of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Both panels met early morning on Wednesday at the Manila Polo Club in Makati City and finally inked the bicam report. Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, chairman […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 11th, 2019

Bicam OKs P4.1-T nat’l budget next year

The bicameral conference committee yesterday approved the report on the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020. Members of the joint panel signed and adopted the report during a meeting at the Manila Polo Club in Makati City. The report will be presented to the Senate and House of Representatives for ratification. Senate President Tito Sotto […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsDec 11th, 2019

Bicam to ‘amicably resolve’ 2020 budget issues behind closed doors

MANILA, Philippines – The chairpersons of the House and Senate committees on the proposed P4.1-trillion budget in 2020 will meet one-on-one to “amicably” reconcile conflicting provisions in their respective versions of the General Appropriations Bill (GAB).  This was the decision of the bicameral conference committee during its first meeting on the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 29th, 2019

P245 M allocated for Judges-at-Large Act; Angara sees faster resolution of cases

Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara assured the Judiciary Sunday it would be able to expedite the adjudication of several pending court cases with the funds Congress provided for the appointment of judges-at-large under the 2021 national budget.  Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara (Senator Sonny Angara Official Facebook Page / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Angara, chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, said a total of P244.988 million was included in the budget of the Judiciary for the implementation of Republic Act 11459 or the Judges-at-Large Act.Enacted on Aug. 13, 2019, the law mandates the creation of judges-at-large posts for the regional and municipal trial courts in order to decongest the courts of its dockets.These judges-at-large would have no permanent salas and may be assigned by the Supreme Court as acting or assisting judges to any Regional Trial Court (RTC) or Municipal Trial Court (MTC) in order to decongest the courts of its dockets.“For 2020, the first year of implementation of the law, we provided funding to cover for the creation of 50 judges-at-large posts,” Angara said in a statement.“For 2021, we will double the number of posts to 100 as requested by our Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta,” Angara said.The senator also said these judges-at-large are entitled to salaries, privileges, allowances, emoluments, benefits, rank, and title of regular RTC and MTC judges.Angara also said the Judiciary’s budget for 2021 also includes a P50-million augmentation to cover for the deployment of Judiciary marshals to secure the justices, judges, and other court officials.He said the inclusion of this funding was prompted by the appeals of the Judiciary for the creation of a judicial marshal service as the threats and attacks against judges and other court officials continue to take place in the country. The Senate is set to approve Senate Bill No. 1947 or the proposed Judiciary Marshals Act, of which Angara is one of the authors. Once approved, an office of the Judiciary marshals would be established under the Supreme Court and its continued funding will be ensured as part of the annual General Appropriations Act (GAA).“We want to sustain the implementation of the Judges-at-Large Act to help ensure the delivery of speedy justice in the country,” the lawmaker said.“With the appointment of more judges, we can expect to see the resolution of more cases and eventually free up the courts of its backlog,” Angara added. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsJan 17th, 2021

Aid will continue to flow, workers assured

Workers affected by disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to receive assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) next year as a result of the interventions made by Congress in the 2021 national budget, Senator Juan Edgardo Angara said......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 18th, 2020


TULUYAN nang mawawala ang aking respeto rito kina Sen. Franklin Drilon lalo na kay Sen. Sonny Angara kung kanilang pangangatawanan ang pagtatanggal ng mismong budget o sweldo ng mga doktor ng forensic lab ng Public Attorney’s Office. Mas malinaw pa naman tiyak sa mga ihi ng mga ito kung gaano katindi ang serbisyo ng forensic […] The post NAKASUSUKANG PANSARILING INTERES appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsNov 30th, 2020

House vows budget bicam nod this week

The House of Representatives has committed the speedy approval of the proposed P4.506-trillion national budget in the bicameral conference level this week......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 29th, 2020

2021 budget ready for bicam

Members of the Senate and House of Representatives are set for the bicameral conference committee on the proposed P4.506-trillion budget for 2021......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 27th, 2020

Velasco sinabing sisiguruhing may pondo para sa Covid-19 program sa bicam ng 2021 budget

Sisiguruhin ng Kamara de Representantes na sa bicameral conference para sa panukalang 2021 national budget ay may sapat na pondo ang gubyerno para maipatupad ang programa nito laban sa pandemya ng coronavirus, ayon pahayag ni Speaker Lord Allan Velasco ngayong Huwebes. Sinabi ito ni Velasco matapos na ipasa ng Senado sa ikatlo at pinal na […] The post Velasco sinabing sisiguruhing may pondo para sa Covid-19 program sa bicam ng 2021 budget appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 26th, 2020

Senators back Velasco’s proposal to hike calamity funds

Senators on Monday agreed with House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco’s suggestion to increase calamity funds under the 2021 General Appropriations Bill containing the P4.5 trillion national budget following the series of typhoons that devastated several provinces in the country. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sonny Angara said hiking the calamity funds would not be a contentious […] The post Senators back Velasco’s proposal to hike calamity funds appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2020

Sotto expects bicam version of budget by Dec. 6

Sotto expects bicam version of budget by Dec. 6.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020

Senate augments P245M to hire 100 judges-at-large for 2021

The Senate has provided P245 million in their version of the 2021 national budget to hire 100 judges-at-large for 2021. This was disclosed by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sonny Angara during the Senate plenary deliberations on the Judiciary’s budget for 2021. “Under the committee report, we provided P245 million approximately to add to the number […] The post Senate augments P245M to hire 100 judges-at-large for 2021 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 20th, 2020

Senate sets budget priorities

The Senate Finance committee led by chairperson Sen. Sonny Angara on Monday said that the budget allocations for calamity, health system due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the internet would be top priorities when Senate starts its deliberations on the P4.5-billion budget next year......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

NGO commends gov t agencies on hosting Dagyaw 2020

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 30 (PIA) -- Speakers of the first episode of Dagyaw 2020: Virtual Town Hall Meeting praised the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga, Department of Budget.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

House passes 2021 budget

The House of Representatives approved last night on third and final reading sthe P4.506-trillion national budget for next year, meeting the deadline set by Malacañang following the delay caused by the squabble over the speakership......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

‘Work together as one majority to pass budget’

As “one majority,” the House of Representatives under the fresh leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco will ensure the timely passage of the P4.5-trillion national budget for next year, as the special session called by President Duterte is seen to proceed smoothly with the end of the leadership tug-of-war in the chamber......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

A national budget has three parts

The chamber of Congress authorized by the Constitution to initiate money measures, the House of Representatives, is now on its third month of deliberations on the proposed national budget – the general appropriations bill – for 2021. As in years past, what is happening in that chamber is a combination of a meeting of Cosa Nostra chiefs, a magicians’ ball and an economics school lecture on public finance......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

BCDA chief seeks P229M funding for Nat’l Sports Academy

Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) President and CEO Vince Dizon on Monday asked the senators to provide P229 million to fund the creation of the Philippine National Academy of Sports (NAS) under the 2021 national budget. During Senate Finance Committee deliberations of BCDA’s proposed P5.795-billion budget for 2021, Senator Sonny Angara asked Dizon if there […] The post BCDA chief seeks P229M funding for Nat’l Sports Academy appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020