National budget for 2024

October 10, 2023 | 8:30pm
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National budget for 2024
October 10, 2023

The Senate denies reports it has a confidential fund of P331 million for 2023.

In a statement, Senate Secretary Renato Bantug Jr says that the Senate and its leadership believes that the upper chamber "does not need confidential funds."

“He (Senate President Miguel Zubiri) has been actively saying that confidential and intelligence funds should be for our military, police and other uniformed personnel who protect our country from both internal and external security threats,” Bantug says. — Rosette Adel

October 10, 2023

House small committee removes confidential funds from government offices and departments as it introduces institutional amendments to the proposed 2024 national budget.

The confidential funds have been realigned from Office of the Vice President Department of Education Department of Agriculture Department of Information and Communications Technology Department of Foreign Affairs to agencies in charge of ensuring national security. — Rosette Adel

October 3, 2023

The Senate Committee on Finance is conducting a public hearing into the proposed 2024 National Expenditure Program of the Department of Trade and Industry and attached agencies Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority and Cooperative Development Authority.

The public hearing is presided by Sen. Mark Villar. 

October 2, 2023

The Senate is conducting a hearing into the proposed 2024 National Expenditure program of the following agencies.

The Senate public hearing of the committee on finance is presided by Sen. Sonny Angara. 

September 26, 2023

Plenary deliberations for the proposed 2024 budget of the Office of the Vice President and the Department of Education has been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday — the last day of session before the House goes on break.

Vice President Sara Duterte had "scheduling conflicts."

 — Cristina Chi

September 25, 2023

House Speaker Martin Romuldez demands the resignation of the Office of Transport Security Mao Aplasca "failing to stop repeated nefarious activities by security personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport."

He is also advising the OTS chief to submit the courtesy resignation before the House of Representatives tackle the proposed 2024 budget of OTS.

“We cannot let these atrocious activities and other acts of misconduct at the airport to continue to take place. It’s bad for the country and the economy,” the House leader says. — With a report from Cristina Chi


September 22, 2023

The Senate Committee on Finance approves during its budget hearing on Wednesday, September 20, the proposed P7 billion budget of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) and the National Amnesty Commission (NAC).

Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Carlito G. Galvez Jr., presents the agency’s budget proposal along with OPAPRU Senior Undersecretary Isidro Purisima and Presidential Assistants Wilben Mayor and Arnulfo Pajarillo.

Galvez says it is "high time for the government to invest more resources in peacebuilding, as the country is now heading towards the era of post-conflict reconstruction, rehabilitation and transition."

September 21, 2023

A Senate panel is conducting a public hearing into the proposed 2024 National Expenditure Program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The public hearing is being led by the Committee on Finance presided by Sen. Loren Legarda.

September 18, 2023

The Senate of the Philippines holds a live public briefing on the Proposed 2024 National Expenditure Program of the Presidential Communications Office today.

PCO Secretary Cheloy Velicaria-Garafi first represented the agency during the House Committee on Appropriations hearing into the proposed P5.768-trillion 2024 national budget last August 29.

August 30, 2023

After being criticized for the swift termination of the House budget hearing for the Office of the Vice President, VP Sara Duterte reiterates there was "nothing irregular or unauthorized" about the OVP's confidential funds.

She also says Makabayan bloc should end its "rabid vilification" of the OVP.

 — Cristina Chi

August 14, 2023

The House Committee on Appropriations, chaired by Rep. Elizaldy Co (AKO BICOL Party-list) resumes the scrutiny of the proposed P5.768 trillion 2024 national budget.

On Monday, the House panel deliberations on the spending plan for Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

Co is joined by  Stella Luz Quimbo (Marikina, 2nd district) and Rep. Raul Angelo “Jil” Bongalon (AKO BICOL Party-list), who are the Senior Vice Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Committee on Appropriations, respectively, and Minority Leader Marcelino Libanan in the budget hearing.

PAGCOR chair and Chief Executive Officer Alejandro Tengco says the agency aims to increase contribution to the national government.

August 8, 2023

Speaker Martin Romualdez says House of Representatives supports the increased spending for the defense sector under the proposed P5.768-trillion 2024 national budget to bolster capability in protecting the country’s territorial integrity. The STAR/Sheila Crisostomo

Bookmark this page for updates on the proposed national budget for 2024. Photo courtesy of The STAR

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