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Duterte signs P3.35-T 2017 nat’l budget

President Duterte signed the P3.35-trillion national budget for 2017 into a law in Malacañang yesterday.

The signing of the Republic Act 10924 or the General Appropriations Act for 2017, the first of the Duterte administration and so far the biggest annual budget assembled, at the Rizal Hall was witnessed by government officials, lawmakers, and business leaders.

According to the Department of Budget and Management, the “People’s Budget” seeks to attain real change that can be felt by ordinary Filipinos. “It embodies the pro-people, pro-investment, pro-growth, and pro-development thrust of the government,” the DBM said.

The Department of Education received the highest allocation of all Executive departments at P544.1 billion to enable the agency to provide and maintain basic education facilities, create teaching and non-teaching positions, as well as develop and provide learning resources to more than 20 million Filipino students in the country.

State Universities and Colleges were given P58.72 billion and P18.7 billion for the Commission on Higher Education to enable deserving Filipinos to have access to tertiary education.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development was granted P128.3 billion. A significant portion of its allocation will be for the Conditional Cash Transfer program and monthly rice subsidy for impoverished households.

The Department of Health has budget of P96.3 billion to provide the marginalized sector with new and modernized health facilities and expanded health services. The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. was provided with P53.22 billion to fund the universal healthcare program.

The Department of Interior and Local Government has a P148 billion budget to enable it to assist in the war against drugs, construct new jail facilities, and increase the allowance for prisoners.

Aside from the P486.9 billion Internal Revenue Allotment, local governments were also provided with additional transfers such as the Local Government Support Fund.

To improve peace and order in the country, the Department of National Defense has a P137.2 billion budget for territorial defense, the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program, and security and stability services.

The 2017 budget provided the Department of Public Works and Highways with P454.7 billion and the Department of Transportation with P53.3 billion, an increase of 18.3 percent and 25 percent compared to their 2016 allocations.

The DBM said that the sizeable increase in both departments along with more than P850 billion allotment for the construction of road networks in cities and provinces, school buildings, hospitals, transport infrastructure, and many other public works will raise productivity, generate jobs, and attract investments.

It will also facilitate the conduct of business and improve the mobility of people and accessibility of basic services, the DBM added. (ROY C. MABASA)

comments
  • babart-gay

    ayos ka po tlaga na leader pangulong Duterte tiyk na ang ganda ng buhay ng bawat isa sa darating na 2017

  • low wendy

    patalsikin na ang leader natin ngayon dahil isang mamaty tao!

    • Rox{rey}

      gusto mo putulin ko yan na dila mo?hindi ka naman nakakatulong!!

    • toni Lorenz

      alam mo masyado ka ng pathetic!!

  • kevin–kevz

    galing galing tlaga ng pangulo asahan na natin na mas magging maayos ang pamumuhay ng mga tao!

    • Angie

      yeah right!! kahit noon pa man tlagang maganda na ang gingawa ng pangulo sa bansa natin!

  • misswuaahh

    yan tapos na ang 2017 budget maraming pondo para sa bansa

    • kims-arjhay

      ahahaha! sigurado may mga kurakot naman dyan!

      • alexis

        ikaw yon ang korap dyan!

  • abbybeh

    maraming matutulungan nyan mga proyekto na yan

    • jhay bosit

      korek,,yan naman ltalaga ang gusto ni digong kaya ganun kalaki ang inaapruban nyang pondo

      • james’santi

        tama yan magaling ang ating pdu30

  • lanielyn

    magandang simula ito para sa panibagong taon.

  • lucky

    malaking tulong yan sa pag angat ng ating ekonomiya.

    • marilou dado

      iba talaga ang pagbabagong dala ni pres. Duterte.

  • Ron Sevilla

    nanakawin lang naman ang pera!baliw talaga itong dutae na toh.

    • Van Kevin

      ang mga dilawan lang naman ang mga mag nanakaw.

    • jhay_jack

      alam mo ba ang binibintang mo?wag kang padalos dalos brad.