(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 18 July 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 310 km East Northeast of Davao City (8.3°N, 128.2°E). Southwest Monsoon affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon and Mindanao. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to LPA. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to heavy rains. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to Moderate winds coming from Northeast to Northwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Friday, 10 November 2023

DBM budget for 2024 hurdles Senate scrutiny

The Senate moved to consider the proposed budget of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) amounting to around P2.5 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2024, as it hurdled plenary debate and interpellations on 08 November 2023.

“There being no other reservation or interpellation, I move to that we close the period of interpellation and consider the budget of the Department of Budget and Management Office of the Secretary, Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) – Technical Support Office, to be deemed submitted for the Body’s consideration,” majority floor leader Senator Joel Villanueva pronounced.

DBM Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman, who was present during the Senate deliberations, expressed gratitude towards the honorable members of the Senate, under the leadership of Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, for considering the proposed budget of the Agency.

“My endless appreciation and gratitude to the Senate, led by Senate President Migs Zubiri, and also to Finance Committee Chairperson Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara for sponsoring and leading the plenary deliberations of the FY 2024 General Appropriations Bill at the Senate today. Taos-puso po ang aming pasasalamat sa lahat ng bumubuo ng Senado sa pag-apruba ng budget ng DBM at ng aming mga attached agencies para sa susunod na taon,” Secretary Pangandaman said.

Senator Angara, in his sponsorship speech delivered on 07 November 2023, emphasized
that the national budget constitutes more than a fiscal repository or a numerical table.

"It is a toolbox for development. It funds our nation's progress, turns our collective dreams into reality and our people's hopes into happiness. It is the yearly embodiment of our shared commitment to building a better, more prosperous, more nurturing, and more humane Philippines," Senator Angara said.

Meanwhile, Secretary Pangandaman conveyed her gratitude to the officers and employees of DBM who poured in the much needed efforts to prepare the budget.

“This will not be possible without the dedication, sacrifice, and hard work of the men and women of DBM, who endured sleepless nights, lengthy meetings, endless discussions and reviews, just to ensure that everything in our budget is well thought of and responsive to the needs of our people,” she said.

Further,  Pangandaman reiterated the DBM's commitment to ensuring the Filipino people gain maximum benefit from their taxes, and supporting programs and initiatives geared towards the achievement of the administration’s Agenda for Prosperity.

Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Francisco G. Dakila Jr., were also in full force as Finance Committee Chair Senator Sonny Angara defended the proposed 2024 budget of the national government as well as its general principles.

Legarda expresses support for OGP

After approving the general principles of the proposed national budget, as well as the budget of the DBM, Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda, in a manifestation, vocally supported the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative, which was institutionalized by virtue of Executive Order No. 31 signed by no less than President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr..

“This [OGP] means that all branches of government, despite being independent of each other, will now work closely to synchronize and complement our open government initiatives. This will pave the way for increased transparency, accountability, and public participation at all levels of government,” Legarda said.

Senator Legarda also lauded the efforts of Secretary Amenah Pangandaman that led to the institutionalization of the OGP, considering it as a clear endorsement of the DBM’s commitment to ensuring governmental accountability.

"I congratulate our budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman, chairman of the Philippine Open Government Partnership for proposing this institionalization of OGP to the President. This is a testament to the commitment to government accountability... The DBM has been performing very well in what is called the Open Budget process, and this means all budget documents... are made available to the public on the DBM website," Senator Legarda stressed. (DBM/PIA-Caraga)