House panel targets 2022 budget approval in a week

Marathon hearings will be held by the House appropriations committee to ensure that the budget bill for 2022 is passed by the panel in one week’s time......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarAug 5th, 2021

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

Palace expects approval of national budget this week

  BY GENALYN KABILING     Malacañang is confident about the passage of the proposed 2021national budget this week given the presence of the “super majority” in the House of Representatives after weeks of bickering. According to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, the Palace has no qualms with the House decision to recall the second-reading approval […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

Año sa House panel: Paggagamitan ng P16.B barangay fund ‘to follow’

Manila, Philippines – Nilinaw ni Interior Secretary Eduardo Año na ang nakatabing P16.4 bilyong budget sa national budget sa 2021 ay hindi sa pork barrel allocation ng botohan sa 2022. Sa pagdinig, sinabi ni Año na may mga proyektong nakalatag sa proposed P244.3-billion budget. “Mayroon na po tayong initial listing po, ito po ay isinubmit […] The post Año sa House panel: Paggagamitan ng P16.B barangay fund ‘to follow’ appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsSep 10th, 2020

Government to submit 2022 budget to Congress today

Economic managers led by the Department of Finance are expected to submit before the House of Representatives today the proposed P5.024-trillion national budget for 2022, which includes a P45-billion allotment for booster shots against COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2021

Private schools hail House panel s approval of bill clarifying tax rates

Private school alliances have welcomed the approval by the House Committee on Ways and Means of a bill clarifying the income tax of proprietary educational institutions......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 4th, 2021

2022 budget, POGO taxation, Virology Institute top House agenda

With less than a year before the end of President Duterte’s term, the House of Representatives leadership yesterday vowed to pass all the necessary measures for the country to recover from the adverse effects of the pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 27th, 2021

House speaker promises push for funds for Air Force modernization

“I can only give my word that we in the House of Representatives will include in the 2022 budget the modernization of the PAF’s fleet as well as ensure the proper training of personnel in handling modern equipment,” Velasco said in a statement. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 5th, 2021

House prioritizing budget, pandemic measures

The House of Representatives will prioritize the 2022 national budget and more pandemic response measures when it resumes session next month, according to Majority Leader Martin Romualdez.?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 18th, 2021

Comelec agrees to hike pay for teachers in 2022 polls — DepEd

Comelec's support means it would include the hike in its proposed budget for 2022, but would still need Congress' approval......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2021

Bayanihan 3 hurdles House panel

The proposed Bayanihan to Arise as One Act or “Bayanihan 3” bill has hurdled the committee level in the House of Representatives and should be ready for plenary deliberations next week......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021

House resumes deliberations on economic Cha-cha

The House plenary resumed yesterday deliberations on proposed amendments to restrictive economic provisions in the 1987 Constitution and set them for approval possibly next week......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 18th, 2021

House may vote on ABS-CBN franchise in plenary next week

The House of Representatives may finally vote on ABS-CBN’s franchise in plenary, six months after a House panel rejected the media giant’s bid for a fresh 25-year franchise......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 27th, 2021

House panel sees quick passage of changes to Constitution

The chairperson of the House committee on constitutional amendments guaranteed the early passage of proposed amendments to the Constitution, heeding the call of a House leader for the swift approval of the proposals......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2021

House ready for extended session

Congress is expected to approve on third and final reading before adjourning this week for Christmas two bills seeking to extend the validity of the P4.1- trillion 2020 national budget until December next year and the appropriations under the P165.5-billion Bayanihan to Recover as One Act until June 30, 2021......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 14th, 2020

OFW Crisis Center approved by council, but budget has to wait until 2022

A newly approved city ordinance establishing an Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Welfare and Crisis Center Tuesday was met with approval by a group serving the OFWs, but the center may not be implemented anytime soon......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsNov 20th, 2020

Duterte asked to act on slow disbursement of aid for seniors

President Duterte has been urged to step in on the supposed slow disbursement of financial assistance to senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior Citizen partylist Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Ordanes brought to the attention of the Chief Executive the “continuous troubles” hounding the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s implementation and disbursement of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) , Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT), and Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens. “To date, we continually receive reports from thousands of our senior citizens all around the Philippines on how the DSWD fails to timely disburse the monetary aid that our government promised to them,” he said in his letter to Duterte dated Oct. 21. He laments that some of the senior citizens have perished before receiving a single centavo from the monetary aid due them. “This slow implementation and disbursement of the DSWD of critical monetary aid for our senior citizens clearly runs contrary to the directive of Your Excellency for the government to do whatever it takes to protect the welfare of our almost 10 million vulnerable senior citizens,” he said. “Thus, we humbly seek the assistance of Your Excellency in requesting that the DSWD fast-track the implementation and disbursement of the monetary aid for our senior citizens,” Ordanes said. During the House of Representatives’ plenary deliberations on the proposed P171-billion budget of the DSWD for 2021 last Oct. 13, it was relayed that some 1.404 million senior citizens have benefited from the national government’s SAP. In a virtual press briefing last week, over 2.9 million indigent senior citizens have received their social pension worth about P8.7 billion. The number is almost 83 percent of the 3.5 million indigent elderly targeted to receive the government stipend. During his 58th birth anniversary last Oct. 15, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista led the distribution of social pension worth P2.178 million to around 726 indigent senior citizens in Dinalupihan, Bataan. Republic Act No. 9994 or the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010” provides that seniors qualified to receive social pension are those who are frail, sickly, or with disability; without any pension from other government agencies; and without a permanent source of income or source of financial assistance and compensation to support their basic needs. However, the DSWD said those senior citizens who are not included in the list, but are eligible, can still appeal to the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), their local governments, and the nearest Field Office, which has jurisdiction over their areas, for assessment......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 24th, 2020

House panel defends & rsquo;errata& rsquo;

The House of Representatives' small committee's institutional amendments amounting to P20-billion in the proposed 2021 national government budget were “well-meaning and should not be a cause of conflict between the two houses of Congress.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Roque to Congress: Consult Palace on increasing budget for vaccines

Any congressional move to raise the proposed 2021 budget for the coronavirus vaccine should at least be done in consultation with the Executive branch, according to a Palace official.  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (RESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said while they respect Congress’ wisdom to hike the vaccine budget for the next year, the issue on its funding source must also be addressed. “The power of purse is vested in Congress. We will bow to the wisdom of Congress should they deem it fit to increase the budget for the vaccine, and of course, may pagkukuhanan po iyan (there will be a funding source for that),” he said during a Palace press briefing Thursday. “So we hope that Congress will at least confer with the Executive kung saan nila kukunin iyong pondo para itaas ang budget for the vaccine (on where the funds will be obtained to raise the budget for the vaccine),” he added. Nonetheless, Roque affirmed the administration’s resolve to ensure the country has adequate funds for the vaccine procurement once the life-saving drug becomes available.“We join Congress in our desire that we should have sufficient funds to pay for the vaccine, which according po to (Philippine) Ambassador (to China) Chito (Sta. Romana) is really forthcoming in the near future,” he said.The House of Representatives has reportedly introduced several amendments to its approved 2021 national budget, including a higher budget for the purchase of COVID vaccines to P8 billion.  In the original Palace-backed P4.5 trillion national budget proposal, at least P2.5 billion has been allocated for the COVID-19 vaccination program under the Department of Health’s budget. House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, who leads a small group in charge of amendments to the budget bill, said the additional P5.5 billion to augment the vaccine budget aims to ensure safe and effective vaccine will be available to Filipinos. “This is to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s program to strengthen the country’s health care system. We believe that vaccines play a very crucial role in keeping the population safe and healthy from the pandemic,” the Leyte lawmaker said.  On the part of the Senate, Senator Panfilo Lacson disclosed plans to increase funding for the coronavirus vaccine under the proposed 2021 national budget. Last week, the President said the government has the funds to buy the coronavirus vaccine once it is available but would need more money to vaccinate all Filipinos. Duterte earlier vowed to give priority to the poor, the police and military personnel in the distribution of free vaccines.  He said the country will buy the most affordable vaccine to be sold in the market given the government’s limited resources. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 22nd, 2020

No conditions in China’s move to prioritize PH as vaccine recipient — Sta. Romana

China has not imposed any condition when it included the Philippines as among the priority nations to gain access to its potential coronavirus vaccine, according to a Filipino diplomat. Amb. Jose Santiago Sta. Romana Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said China instead reminded the country to prepare its cold storage facilities amid the highly anticipated breakthrough in vaccine development. China will hopefully announce its mass production of the coronavirus vaccine before the end of the year or early next year, Sta. Romana said during an online Palace press briefing. “Hopefully, mass production and distribution will happen in the near future, as early as November and December in terms of production. And it will depend on our capability to receive the vaccines in terms of our facilities, in terms of distribution,” he said.  “The prospects are bright in terms of a breakthrough in vaccine,” he added. Sta. Romana made clear that the cold storage facilities for the potential COVID-19 vaccines are not conditions set by China but simply a reminder to ensure effective distribution of the vaccine.  “It’s just a reminder that if you get the vaccine and you don’t have cold chain storage, then it’s useless so you have to prepare,” he said, citing information from Chinese drug companies.  He said even if the Philippines is in the “priority list,” the distribution of the vaccine will be a challenge. He said the vaccines must be stored in “freezing conditions” to keep its efficacy.  “If exposed to tropical weather or to normal weather conditions, the vaccine could lose its effectiveness,” he said.So far, Sta. Romana said the vaccines being developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firms have entered phase 3 of the clinical trials. One of the potential vaccines have been approved for emergency use for health workers and other government frontliners. “The Chinese will make an announcement in the near future and then they’ll start their mass production. And once there is the mass production, then I think there will be distribution. Hopefully, before the end of the year; but surely by the first quarter of next year,” he said.  Asked if China has imposed any condition on the Philippines in exchange for the vaccine supply, Sta. Romana said: “No, not at all. Actually, we’re the ones, our condition is that it should pass our local requirements.” When asked if Beijing has pledged the amount of vaccines and if these will be given to Manila for free, Sta. Romana said the matter would entail more discussion. “I cannot give you a definitive answer right now but definitely in terms of number, you know, how they will do it kasi it depends on the—they’re talking of hundreds of millions in terms of production dito sa China. So, the question is iyong distribution and deployment,” he said. “They’re preparing their manufacturing facilities for the mass production of vaccines the moment approval is announced,” he added. Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado has assured that the government has funds that will be needed for the establishment of the cold storage facilities for the coronavirus vaccines. “Surely, as the sun rises in the east, there will be funds for that because the President will never allow that we will run short of the requirements to make sure that we have the storage facilities for all of these vaccines,” he said in the same online press conference. Last week, President Duterte expressed confidence about the safety of the vaccines being developed by China, citing the Asian neighbor is a modern country. He said the government has funds for the vaccine purchase, adding he was just waiting for China or Russia to contact him. “I’d be glad to open up my sleeves because I am confident with their vaccine,” he added......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Lacson kay Velasco: Magkakaalaman na sa zero ‘pork’ budget

Ipinagpalagay ng mga senador na walang iregularidad sa post approval amendment ng House of Representatives (HOR) sa 2021 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). The post Lacson kay Velasco: Magkakaalaman na sa zero ‘pork’ budget first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsOct 20th, 2020