The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) proposes a total of P3.767 trillion national budget for 2018, with the biggest allocation granted to education and infrastructure development.
The second national budget crafted under the Duterte administration, the 2018 budget represents 21.6% of the projected gross domestic product (GDP) for next year and is 12.4% higher than the 2017 budget which is P3.35 trillion.
The proposed budget will continue to support the bold plans of the Duterte administration and deliver the change that the President promised.
Biggest chunk for education, infrastructure development
The education sector still enjoys the highest budget allocation with a total of P691.1 billion, after the addition of budgets of Department of Education (DepED) with P613.05 billion, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) with P13.5 billion, and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) with P64.6 billion. This budget will be used in establishing and maintaining education facilities, hire teaching and non-teaching personnel, and develop and provide learning materials to students.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) hefty budget of P643.3 billion and P73.8 billion respectively will sustain the ambitious infrastructure program “Build, Build, Build”, improve mobility and connectivity across the entire country, and provide modern, comfortable, and affordable public transportation system to all.
Budget hike for DILG, DND
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will receive P172.3 billion, 15.4% higher than the 2017 level, while the Department of National Defense (DND) is given P145.0 billion, a 5.5% increase. The budgets for the two agencies will be used in ensuring the internal security of the country and public order and safety in the communities, as well ashire additional police officers.
Social services sector gets P1.45 trillion
As for budget allocation according to sector, social services will remain the recipient of the biggest budget, amounting to P1.45 trillion, or 38.5% of the proposed budget. This reflects the government’s determination to develop the country’s human resources through huge investments in education, culture, manpower, labor protection and healthcare, as well as promote inclusive growth by delivering service to the poorest citizens and to those living in the remotest regions.
Meanwhile, the economic services sector comes second with P1.15 trillion, 30.6% of the proposed budget. Furthermore, budget for economic services in 2018 gets a generous increase of 25% from the 2017 amount of P922 billion. This is aligned with the government’s thrust to propel economic growth and provide equal opportunity for all Filipinos. The bulk of this sector’s budget will be used in infrastructure development designed to spur economic activity across the country, but most especially in rural areas.