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The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) clarifies the recent article published relative to the utilization of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (NDRRMF). With the enactment of the FY 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA), Republic Act (RA) No. 11518, and the extension of the validity of the FY 2020 GAA, RA No. 11465, the NDRRMF has a total available appropriation of P25.135-billion as of January 01, 2021, broken down as follows: Purpose FY 2020 GAA FY 2021 GAA Total NDRRM Program 439,188,981.00 13,000,000,000.00 13,439,188,981.00 Marawi Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program (MRRRP) 8,187,890.00 5,000,000,000.00 5,008,187,890.00 Comprehensive Aid to Repair Earthquake Damage (CARED) 4,688,064,133.00 - 4,688,064,133.00 Insurance Premium - 2,000,000,000.00 2,000,000,000.00 Total 5,135,441,004.00 20,000,000,00.00 25,135,441,004.00 The utilization of these appropriations is covered by pertinent Special Provisions of the GAA based on their specific purposes and releases are made by the DBM based on the approval of the Office of the President (OP) on the recommendation of the NDRRM Council. Aside from specific purposes such as the MRRRP and...
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) the Special Allotment Release Order and corresponding Notices of Cash Allocation amounting to P22,915,422,000 representing the financial assistance that was approved by the President to be released to local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region, the Provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal (collectively known as “NCR Plus), that were placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) from March 29 to April 04, 2021. The financial assistance is intended to assist 80 percent of the population of NCR Plus who belong to low-income households. They are entitled to receive P1,000 per person but not to exceed P4,000 per family either in cash or in kind based on the most efficient and effective mechanism to be identified by their respective LGUs. Around 22.915-million individuals are expected to benefit from this financial assistance based on projections from the National Economic and Development Authority. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) shall assist the LGUs in the implementation of this financial assistance to the targeted beneficiaries....
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released a total of P2.85 Billion to several agencies to cover the one (1) month equivalent of the 2018 pension differential of retired military and uniformed personnel (MUP). The initial release will benefit retired military personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as well as the retired uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Philippine Coast Guard and National Mapping and Resource Information Authority. The estimated one (1) month equivalent of the 2018 Pension Differential released to the agencies is broken down as follows:  DEPARTMENT/AGENCY  AMOUNT  (in thousand pesos)  GRAND TOTAL  2,849,766 A. Department of National Defense  ●      Armed Forces of the Philippines  1,516,520 B. Department of the Interior and Local Government  ●      Philippine National Police  1,207,222 ●      Bureau of Fire Protection 91,669 ●      Bureau of Jail Management and Penology 5,739 C. Department of Transportation  ●      Philippine Coast Guard 28,004 D. Department of Environment and Natural Resources ●      National Mapping and Resource Information Authority  612 The total requirement to cover the 2018...
With the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination plan fast approaching, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Wendel Avisado raised the need to increase the fifteen percent (15%) limitation on advance payments on the contract amount for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines. This will ensure the timely and efficient implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination plan. The existing authority which only allows advance payment of up to 15% is provided under Memorandum Order No. 172, s. 2005. This limitation is only applicable in exceptional cases such as the procurement of goods during a state of calamity. He added that the government is presently experiencing difficulties in negotiating with various pharmaceutical companies due to the limitations imposed under existing laws. “...Currently, pwede ka lang magbayad o mag advance payment hanggang 15%... Ang gusto ng mga pharmaceutical industries, bayaran mo na... I-aadvance mo na ang payment bago ma-ideliver… In other words, talagang tatalunin tayo ng mga mayayamang bansa,” Avisado said. Secretary Avisado likewise called for greater patience and understanding from the public regarding the vaccine procurement process. He explained that...
Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Wendel Avisado shared that the fight against communist groups can be addressed by empowering local governments units (LGUs), especially barangays, through the implementation of programs and building infrastructure that are designed to uplift the lives of members of the community. DBM Secretary Avisado and Davao City Councilor Danny Dayanghirang—who both served as lawmakers in the Davao City Council—emphasized the importance of having continuous dialogues with stakeholders coupled with community-based services by the LGUs and the military as mainly instrumental in addressing the communist insurgency problem in Davao. “Hindi pwedeng puro salita lang tayo. Kailangan talaga nakikita sa gawa... Kaya ito nga, importante ang programang sinusulong ng ating pamahalaan,” Avisado said. Avisado, who is also Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) of Region XI, also shared that his experiences with President Duterte in Davao City—particularly in empowering and building the confidence of grassroot level units such as the barangay—is being implemented now under the Duterte Administration so that government services will...
Amid the numerous inquiries regarding the release of funds for the 2018 pension differentials for retired military and uniformed personnel (MUP), the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) wishes to clarify that no release has been made to cover the payment for the purpose. It may be recalled that on January 1, 2018, Congress Joint Resolution (JR) No. 1 was adopted, modifying the base pay of all MUPs from 2018 to 2019.As such, P36.6 billion has been released to cover the pension differential requirements for FY 2019. Upon submission of the National Expenditure Program to Congress, P172.90-billion was proposed under the Pension and Gratuity Fund (PGF) to partially fund the payment of the 2018 pension differences for MUP. However, the PGF was significantly reduced to P152.90-billion or a difference of P20.0-billion when the General Appropriations Act was passed, which largely affected the payment of the 2018 pension differentials. In view of the significant reduction in the PGF, the DBM shall prioritize the release of the current/regular pension requirements to ensure that all retired MUPs will be receiving their regular pension for the current year. Hence, P25.99 billion has...
Thumbnail With a shared vision of forging a responsive, agile, transparent, and accountable public procurement, the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB), GPPB-Technical Support Office (GPPB-TSO), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched on January 20, 2021 the Philippine Bidding Documents (PBD) Builder Portal, the opening highlight of GPPB’s three-day F.Y. 2021 Procurement Forum. The portal is designed to simplify and improve the efficiency of preparing PBDs that are crucial to initiating procurement of goods and infrastructure projects for better public service delivery. With the theme Procurement Innovations in Times of Pandemic: Leveraging Technology and Cultivating an Agile Procurement Regime, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary and GPPB Chairperson Wendel Avisado noted that “new procurement reforms and digital platforms shall define and serve as the hallmark of a responsive and agile public procurement system.”  He further elucidated that the challenges magnified by the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 had pushed the GPPB to adapt and innovate while keeping true to its mandate. “The PBD Builder Portal developed through the collaborative...

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