- The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) submits to Congress the country’s highest budget proposal to date
- The budget reflects the priorities of the Duterte administration
- Congress will start to deliberate the proposed budget with agencies starting August 22
The Department of Budget and Management submitted on Monday, August 15, to the House of Representatives its proposed national budget for 2017.
The P3.35 trillion budget for next year is 11.6% higher than the 2016 budget, which was the first national expenditure program that reached the trillion mark.
Among the priorities of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte that became salient in the budget proposal are infrastructure development, curbing criminality, improving agriculture and lifting people out of poverty.
Rappler said in a story that the Philippine National Police has a proposed budget of P110.4 billion, which will be used to hire more officers and procure more guns. Eliminating crime in three to six months is a main campaign promise of the President when he ran for office.
Building infrastructures is also a priority of next year’s budget with nearly P900 million allocated for it.
“Itong Php900 million for 2017, downpayment lang iyan sa Php7 trillion. Ang mangyayari nyan, we will address all the needs of the people of the Philippines, hindi lang sa Metro Manila. We will identify such projects,” budget secretary Ben Diokno was quoted in a CNN Philippines story.
[This P900 million for 2017 will only be a downpayment for P7 trillion. What we’ll do is we will address the needs of the people of the Philippines not only in Metro Manila.]
Meanwhile, the needs of the poorest sectors of the country such as the farmers and fisher folks will be given attention with a proposed P120.5 billion allotments for agriculture and rural development. Social services will also have P1.34 million for next year.
Of all the executive departments, the Department of Education remains to have the highest appropriation with P567 billion. It is followed by the Department of Public Works and Highways with P485 billion and the Department of Interior and Local Government with P150 billion.
Congress’ deliberations of the budget with respective agencies will start on August 22.