KUWTT: Recto queries unscheduled funds P588B | August 28, 2022

Have a good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Sunday August 28, 2022.

Front issues P588B unscheduled funds

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Representative of Batangas, Ralph Recto, questioned the 588 billion pesos of unprogrammed funds submitted by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), saying that the proposed national budget for 2023 is actually 5,856 billion pesos and not 5,268 billion pesos. Recto said the 588 billion pesos represents the unprogrammed portion of the National Expenditure Plan (NEP). The House began deliberations Friday on P5.268’s proposed national appropriations for the next fiscal year. He said “support for projects with foreign aid” with proposed funding of 380.6 billion pesos topped the list of “unclear and undefined” unscheduled credits for 2023. Also included in the unprogrammed funds the 149.7 billion pesos for “support for infrastructure projects and social programs”.

Marcos pledges to support the revival of MSMEs

RECOGNIZING his critical role in achieving inclusive growth, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. reiterated his administration’s commitment to support micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the country still reeling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. In a Facebook post, the president said the success of MSMEs was crucial to strengthening the foundations of the country’s economy. Earlier, Marcos and Go Negosyo founder Jose Maria ‘Joey’ Concepcion 3rd agreed to work together to help MSMEs across the country achieve “inclusive growth”. The sector, which accounts for 99.5% of all business establishments in the Philippines, generates 62.6% of employment for Filipinos.

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Robin calls for budget reform for local development projects

SEN. Robinhood “Robin” Padilla said on Saturday August 27 that local government units (LGUs) will be assured of sufficient funding for their priority development projects with a budget reform that provides for a Local Development Equalization Fund (LDEF), such as contained in a bill he tabled in the Senate. Padilla introduced Senate Bill (SB) 447 which provides that the LDEF is to be used strictly by LGUs for development projects, activities and programs (PAPs) listed in their detailed local development plans (CDPs). In addition to promoting the principle of decentralization, the bill is also part of the budget reform program pursued by former Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson. Padilla lamented that while the government pursues decentralization to ensure the efficient delivery of public services, it cannot do so fully because “political and economic power” remains centered in “imperial Manila”.

Agriculture damage from ‘Florita’ increases to P1.13B

Damage to agriculture from Tropical Storm Florita has reached 1.13 billion pesos, the Ministry of Agriculture (DA) announced on Saturday. In its latest report, the DA said the typhoon affected 6,647 farmers in Cordillera administrative region, Ilocos region, Cagayan valley, central Luzon and Bicol region. Florita destroyed 66,633 metric tons of rice, corn and high-value crops covering 44,922 hectares of farmland.

DSWD: The distribution of student aid is smooth

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Saturday that all went well on the second day of distributing financial aid for education across the country. The agency’s initial distribution of educational financial aid drew a huge crowd that resulted in a stampede that injured a number of people. Therefore, DSWD, in accordance with its agreement with the Department of Home Affairs and Local Government, has established convenient and safe payment sites across the country to prevent the same incident from happening again. The DSWD will provide cash assistance of 1,000 pesos to primary school students, 2,000 pesos to junior high school students, 3,000 pesos to senior high school students and 4,000 pesos to college or university students. professional courses. The maximum number of students eligible for financial aid per family is three.

Public warned about waterborne diseases

THE Department of Health (DoH) on Saturday urged the public to be more vigilant against so-called WILD or waterborne diseases, influenza, leptospirosis and dengue, especially with the onset of the rainy season. The warning came as cases of cholera, typhoid fever, leptospirosis and rotavirus were reported in the country, while dengue fever cases more than doubled since last year. Cholera cases increased by 230% to 1,650 cases from January 1 to August 6 this year, of which 141 were recorded in the last three to four weeks. Typhoid fever cases also saw a 109% increase over last year, with 7,681 cases reported from January 1 to August 6. Dengue fever cases increased by 153% from January 1 to August 6.

Digitization is key to MSME growth

Turning to business, Go Negosyo Founder, Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd, emphasized that digitalization is the way forward to spur robust growth among the country’s micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), which can also to be a tool to create equality and achieve an inclusive Philippines. In his speech at this year’s MSME Summit on Friday, the former Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship highlighted the crucial role of MSMEs in the development of the Philippine economy. MSMEs help alleviate poverty by creating jobs for the country’s growing labor force, he said.

Gilas Pilipinas focuses on Saudi Arabia

Top of the sports after losing to Lebanon on Friday, Gilas Pilipinas, managed by Jordan Clarkson, is now focused on playing against Saudi Arabia at home on Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Playing against the tough Lebanese on their home turf, the Filipinos couldn’t sustain their strong start and fell to the hosts, 81-85, to fall to a 2-3 win-loss card, fourth in Qualifying Group E Asians for the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup. . Lebanon, on the other hand, improved with a 4-1 record, second in the same group. The Philippines shot themselves in the foot in said game, committing 21 turnovers, which Lebanon turned into 22 points. For comparison, the Lebanese only returned the ball nine times. Of course, taking care of the basket is a bonus for Gilas if he wants to play better against Saudi Arabia (1-4, fifth in group E) in front of the local fans.

Opinion and editorial

Marlen Ronquillo is the front-page columnist today, as he takes on the sugar barons preceded by typewriters and telegrams.

Today’s editorial takes on another newspaper over its national budget figures for 2023. Read a full version in the newspaper’s opinion section or listen to the Voice of the Times.

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