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In line with the directive of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. to extend “Libreng Sakay” along the EDSA Busway until December 31, 2022, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, the funding to support  the extended implementation of the Service Contracting of Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Program, the program that funds free rides for commuters along the EDSA Carousel Route. DBM Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman approved the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) and the Notice of Cash Allocation (NCA) amounting to P1.4-billion to cover the additional funding requirements for the extended implementation of the Service Contracting Program, which supports the mobility requirements of students and the labor force. "Ito pong paglagak natin ng additional funds ay suporta natin sa hangad ni President Marcos na i-extend and programang Libreng Sakay ng Department of Transportation at ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board hanggang Disyembre," the Budget Chief emphasized.   It may be recalled that the program was set to end on July 31, but President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. announced its extension until December this...
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released on Monday, August 8, 2022, the funding to support the P10,000 emergency shelter assistance to over 150,000 households affected by Typhoon Odette. DBM Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman approved a special allotment amounting to P1,580,123,000.00 granting the request of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for emergency shelter assistance to aid  in the reconstruction of 153,410 totally damaged houses in Regions VI, VIII, X and XIII.   “Bawat isa sa atin ay itinuturing ang tahanan bilang isang safe haven o ligtas na lugar. Ang pagkakaroon ng isang maayos na tahanan ay dalangin ng bawat Pilipino. Kaya kaisa po ang DBM sa pagtulong na masigurong bawat tahanang nasira ng bagyong Odette ay maiayos upang komportableng masilungan ng ating mga kababayan kasama ang kanilang pamilya at mga mahal sa buhay,” Secretary Pangandaman said. “Bagaman tumama ang bagyong Odette noong nakaraang taon, hindi po nakalimutan ng inyong pamahalaan ang mga nasalanta. Patuloy ang pagbibigay natin ng tulong sa mga nangangailangan para sa kanilang pagbangon muli,” Sec. Pangandaman added.   Typhoon Odette hit the country affecting families in...
Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman approved on Monday, 08 August 2022, the release of a Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) amounting to two billion pesos to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to assist those in difficult circumstances, including those in crisis situations. “Ang pondo ng taumbayan, dapat pong mapakinabangan rin ng taumbayan lalo na sa oras ng peligro. The release of this fund is a big help to our kababayans who are caught in difficult situation,” Sec. Amenah Pangandaman said. “Maganda ang timing ng karagdagang pondong ito. Gusto nating tulungan ang DSWD para makapagbigay ng tulong at proteksyon sa mga pamilyang nangangailangan,” the Budget Secretary added. The DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) forms part of the Protective Services for Individuals and Families in Difficult Circumstances (PSIFDC). AICS is a provision of integrated services, which include financial assistance for transportation, medical, burial, food and other support services, which are given to individuals and families in crisis situation. As of June 30, 2022, the AICS program served over 1.5 million clients...

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