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Thumbnail January 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m. | DBM Executive Lounge   Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno, Ph.D. Department of Budget and Management   Good morning.   Since we had the program kickoff on December 12 last year, a lot of things have moved in favor of this Convergence Program. The 2018 budget was signed, included in this budget is a 1.1 trillion allocation for infrastructure development, and the Budget Call was issued; in this issuance, the Convergence Program is identified as one of the priority programs of the Economic Development Cabinet Cluster.   As the only water-based transportation system servicing Metro Manila, to say that this program is important is an understatement. President Rodrigo Duterte himself identified the Ferry as a priority project in his State of the Nation Address. The improvement of the Ferry Service will help address a host of problems being experienced by people here in Metro Manila. Given the traffic situation, air pollution along our roads and streets, and lack of...
18 January 2018 | 9:30 AM | Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila Benjamin E. Diokno, Ph.D. Secretary, Department of Budget and Management   To my colleagues in government, investors, members of the business community, and esteemed guests: good morning. Today, I have the pleasure of sharing with you our country’s infrastructure plan for 2018, with emphasis on the budget that we have allocated to finance the ambitious Build Build Build infrastructure program. By the end of my talk, I hope to assure everyone in this room that this administration will deliver on its promise to upgrade the current state of our infrastructure, as we usher in the Golden Age of Infrastructure in the Philippines. We recognize that infrastructure development is one of the requisites for real change. And accordingly, this is one of the top priorities of the Duterte administration. We will spend about P8 to 9 trillion ($160 to $180 billion) in public infrastructure for the entire six years of the administration to make up...
Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno, Ph.D. Department of Budget and Management   To the representatives from the different National Government Agencies, magandang umaga sa inyong lahat.           Exactly two weeks ago, the DBM issued the Budget Call for 2019 under National Budget Memorandum No. 129. I trust that you have read the issuance as it outlines the budget preparation guidelines and procedures for the formulation and submission of your agency budget proposals for 2019. Remember that we plan to submit the 2019 budget on the President’s State of the Nation Address on July 23rd.           As you can see, we have a tight schedule. Finished or unfinished, you will submit your budgets.           The Budget is what gives flesh and bone to any administration’s agenda. Your proposals should then reflect administration policies such as the President's 0+10-Point Socio-Economic Agenda, the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and the priority programs and projects contained...
Thumbnail January 16, 2018, 8:00 a.m. Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City   As delivered by Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno, Ph.D. Department of Budget and Management              Magandang umaga sa inyong lahat, lalo na iyong mga galing sa regional offices.           Today we set the course for the Execution of the 2018 Budget and for the Preparation of the Budget for next year, 2019.           Of course, this would not be possible without each of your contribution. The 2018 budget, which was signed into law almost a month ago, is the result of your hard work. Thank you for the late nights you have spent at the Department working on the proposed budget, and then for your dutiful attendance to your respective agencies’ budget hearings in Congress.           This afternoon, Usec. Tina will give you the guidelines for the release of funds of the 2018 budget and Director Weng will run through the general provisions of the General Appropriations Act, including items vetoed by the President.           I trust that you will all actively...
Thumbnail Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City   As delivered by Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno, Ph.D. Department of Budget and Management              Magandang umaga sa inyong lahat, lalo na iyong mga galing sa regional offices.           Today we set the course for the Execution of the 2018 Budget and for the Preparation of the Budget for next year, 2019.           Of course, this would not be possible without each of your contribution. The 2018 budget, which was signed into law almost a month ago, is the result of your hard work. Thank you for the late nights you have spent at the Department working on the proposed budget, and then for your dutiful attendance to your respective agencies’ budget hearings in Congress.           This afternoon, Usec. Tina will give you the guidelines for the release of funds of the 2018 budget and Director Weng will run through the general provisions of the General Appropriations Act, including items vetoed by the President.           I trust that you will all actively participate in the open forum...

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