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By TJ Burgonio
Budget officials have released P4.6 billion to the Department of Transportation and Communications to jump-start key projects of the government’s public-private partnership (PPP) program, including the upgrade of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 and domestic airports.
By Leila B. Salaverria
Commission Elections (Comelec) chief Sixto Brillantes on Wednesday assured lawmakers that the poll body would be ready to hold automated local and national elections next year after the budget department assured it of extra funds.
By Tetch Torres
Malacanañg wants the special allowances of justices and judges be removed as it seeks Congress approval for billions of fees collected by the courts to be turned over to the national treasury.
By Christian V. Esguerra
She came out firing—and ended up crying. Frustration got the better of Zambales Representative Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay when she confronted the Aquino administration for apparently withholding the “pork barrel” allocated for her district in the last two years.
By Michael Lim Ubac
President Benigno Aquino on Thursday said he was willing to act as a “referee” between Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes as the two officials clashed over the drastic cut in the poll body’s proposed 2013 budget.
By Gil C. Cabacungan
Budget Secretary Florencio Abad Jr. on Wednesday said he would continue to withhold congressional pork barrel allocations from close allies and kin of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
By Tonette Orejas
Although fresh out of the presidency and on her first term as representative, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo managed to bring only P35 million in aid to the second district of Pampanga in 2010 and 2011, reports from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) showed.
By Christine O. Avendaño
President Benigno Aquino, wrapping up a visit to London, on Wednesday directed administration officials to meet with farmers marching on Malacañang on Friday to demand the full implementation of the agrarian reform program before its expiration in two years, his spokesperson said.
By Cynthia D. Balana
Budget Secretary Florencio Abad has allowed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to use a portion of its P4.733-billion savings for 2011 to fund the holding of a plebiscite in Camarines Sur on the proposed creation of the province of Nueva Camarines (NuevaCam).
By Norman Bordadora
It was Congress, and not Malacañang, that approved the rules tightening controls over the pork barrel funds that have lawmakers complaining about the undue hold the executive branch supposedly has over the legislature, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said on Thursday.
Camarines Sur Representative Arnulfo Fuentebella over the weekend said that officials of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) had made the assurance that there were enough funds for a plebiscite this year for the creation of the province of Nueva Camarines (NuevaCam).
By Ronnel W. Domingo
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P2.39-billion support of mandatory kindergarten education to help “improve basic education and broaden its accessibility to all Filipinos.”
By Ronnel W. Domingo
The budget department has released P4.2 billion to state colleges and universities (SUCs) to fund the upgrade of facilities, scholarships, research and development, and for the training of executives.