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Thumbnail Tbilisi, Georgia -- DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno led the Philippines’ multi-stakeholder delegation to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit held July 17-19, 2018.   Secretary Diokno was joined by Commission on Audit Chairperson (COA) Michael Aguinaldo, Philippine Commission on the Urban Poor Chairperson (PCUP) Noel Felongco, and senior officials and representatives from select NGAs, LGUs, and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).   The Philippines, a global leader in OGP, was recognized early on in the summit for having sustained its strong commitment to the said international initiative.   “Across the globe, different countries are opening areas that others are closing [....] Others here have skillfully navigated through political transitions, such as Liberia and the Philippines,” OGP Chief Executive officer Sanjay Pradhan said during his opening remarks.             The Philippines led several discussions during the summit and shared the country experience in implementing various open government programs and engaging different stakeholders in the OGP process.             During the Philippine government-led session entitled Towards Real Outcomes and Concrete Benefits: Going Local with OGP and Improving...
Thumbnail           The proposed 2019 budget, the third budget of the Duterte Administration, is set to be submitted to Congress onJuly 23, the day President Rodrigo R. Duterte delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA). The P 3.757 trillion national budget will be the first cash-based budget of the government, reflecting the urgent need to speed up public service delivery to the people.                 The spending priorities in the President’s Budget for 2019 remain to be public infrastructure and human capital development. Higher investments on infrastructure will support economic growth, targeted to reach 7% to 8% in 2019, create jobs, and spur opportunities in the countryside. Spending for human capital, such as education, healthcare, and social protection, will mold the country’s young population into a world-class and competent workforce capable of sustaining the Philippine’s growth momentum.                 “We are sticking to our plan of focusing on Build Build Build and social services,” said Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno. “These are the priorities we identified as early as the beginning of our term, and we will see to it that investments on these sectors are sustained,” he added.   Proposed...
Thumbnail   President Rodrigo R. Duterte approved the proposed 2019 national budget in a Cabinet meeting last Monday, July 9, held at the Malacanang Palace. The planned P3.757 trillion national budget for 2019, equivalent to 19.3% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), is the first cash-based budget of the Duterte Administration, enabling the more efficient delivery of public services.   Cash-Based Budget for 2019 “The shift to cash-based budgeting will speed up the implementation and completion of priority projects of the government,” said Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno. “In the past, agencies only had to obligate their funds or enter into contracts within the year for their budget to be considered spent,” he added. “This will no longer suffice under a cash-based regime. We will impose fiscal discipline in the 2019 Budget as agencies will now be required to deliver goods and services in the fiscal year, and not just make promises to pay,” said the Budget Secretary.   On a cash basis, the P3.76 trillion proposed budget for 2019 is higher by P439.4 billion, or 13.2%, than its equivalent in the 2018 budget at P3.32 trillion.   The transition to an annual cash-based system is part of...
Thumbnail DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno presented the Accomplishment Report and the Performance and Projects Roadmap of the Participatory Governance Cluster during the ‘Road to SONA 2018: Tatak ng Malasakit at Pagkakaisa Forum’ held this morning at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.   In his speech, Secretary Diokno stated that 97% of all national government units, and 1311 provinces, cities and municipalities have now made financial and procurement information publicly available through Transparency Seal and Full Disclosure Policy initiatives.   He also discussed the accomplishments of new or improved participatory governance initiatives of the government, including the Hotline 8888, Freedom of Information portal, National Government Portal (www.gov.ph) with 102 linked e-Services, Philippine Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), and the Open Government Partnership platform.   According to Secretary Diokno, the administration plans to “continue the momentum” through the implementation of the Participatory Governance Cluster Performance and Projects Roadmap (PGC-PPR), a six-year roadmap outlining the priority Participatory Governance initiatives of the...
Thumbnail From left to right: LTFRB Martin Delgra III, DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno, LandBank President Alex Buenaventura, and DOF Assistant Secretary Antonio Lambino. DBM Sec. Benjamin Diokno joined DOTr Sec. Art Tugade, DOE Sec. Alfonso Cusi, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III, and Landbank President Alex Buenaventura in the Ceremonial Signing of Joint Memorandum Circular on the Pantawid Pasada Program, held earlier today at the DBM Multi-purpose Hall. The Pantawid Pasada Program is one of the social mitigating measures prescribed in the TRAIN Law. It will provide a fuel subsidy to 179,852 units or 100% of PUJ units with existing LTFRB franchise. The fuel subsidy will cover the increase in fuel expense incurred by jeepney drivers, due to the excise tax on fuel. PhP 977illion has been allocated in 2018 for the first tranche of the program. The intended beneficiaries will receive a 5,000 peso subsidy for the six remaining months. Meanwhile, PhP 3.86 billion is allocated for 2019, wherein a total of 20,514.82 pesos total fuel subsidy will be granted, or 1,709.57 pesos monthly. “We are hopeful that this program will provide relief to our...
Thumbnail The year-to-date inflation (January to June 2018) averaged 4.3 percent, just slightly higher than the government’s target of 2 to 4 percent. But the unwelcome news is that the inflation rate in June 2018 rose to 5.2 percent, due to faster price increases in major commodities like food, fuel and transport. In turn, such increases were caused by a host of factors, including global oil prices, peso depreciation and rice prices and further amplified by the price effects of interaction among them. We assure our people that we remain optimistic that inflation will continue to be managed to taper off towards year-end towards the inflation target of 2-4 percent. While we acknowledge the public sentiment on rising prices, let us remind ourselves that the TRAIN Law raised the take-home pay of 99 percent of income tax payers by an average of 15%, much higher than inflation. The additional revenues that we generated from the TRAIN Law will also allow us to provide free education in state colleges and universities, free irrigation for farmers, conditional cash transfers to poor families ad senior citizens, and higher salaries to government employees including uniformed men. Without doubt,...
Thumbnail   From left to right: DOF Secretary Carlos Dominguez, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia, MTD Clark, Inc. President Nicholas David,  MTD Clark, Inc. Chairman Isaac David, BCDA President Vince Dizon, and DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade.      Today's Breakfast With Ben press conference was held at the site of the New Clark City, showcasing recent developments in the government's ambitious infrastructure program. Build Build Build aims to modernize public infrastructure in the Philippines to boost economic growth and reduce poverty in the country.        The Build Build Build team, represented by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Socio-economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, and BCDA President Vince Dizon, graced the press briefing and site inspection of the New Clark City as members of the media got a glimpse of what is envisioned to be the first "smart and green city of the Philippines".      Phase 1 of the New Clark City includes a National Government Administrative Center (NGAC), a government hub which will house several national government agencies to ensure continuous business operations and...

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