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Proposed 2015 national budget gives priority to social services Friday 1st of August 2014

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Proposed 2015 national budget gives priority to social services

Friday 1st of August 2014

MANILA, August 1 -- The biggest share of the proposed 2015 National Expenditure Program, amounting to P967.9 billion, will go to the government’s social services, a Palace official said on Thursday.

The figure covers 37.2 percent of the proposed P2.606 trillion budget for next year that was submitted to Congress on Wednesday for ratification, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said during a press briefing in MalacaƱang.

“The budget also focuses on delivering high-impact projects in 44 provinces with the following characteristics: those with high poverty magnitude where more job opportunities will be created; those with high poverty incidence that require adequate social safety nets; and those which are vulnerable to natural calamities,” Coloma said.

Social services include basic education and universal health care. The provision for education covers the construction of 31,728 classrooms and 13,586 water/sanitation facilities, as well as the acquisition of 1.3 million classroom chairs, among others.

Economic services meanwhile will have a 26.9 percent cut of the national budget totalling P700.2 billion, while general public services will get 16.2 percent amounting to P423.1 billion.

National defense will receive 4.4 percent or P115.4 billion.

Coloma further noted that the 2015 budget enhances the government’s accountability for the results of public spending.

He said that in the 2014 budget, the performance targets were pegged against the outputs or tangible goods and services that the agencies must deliver, while the proposed budget for 2015 includes indicators for outcomes.

“We continue to implement the basic management principle that each peso that the government spends must be tightly linked to measurable results,” Coloma quoted President Benigno S. Aquino III as saying in his 41-page budget message.

“Hence, this budget does not only show how many households or families, for example, will benefit from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, but it also discloses how many of these beneficiaries will actually be lifted from the level of survival to a level of subsistence, and eventually to a level of self-sufficiency,” Coloma explained.

In his budget message, the President emphasized that the proposed 2015 budget expands with the economy and supports further economic expansion; focuses on the imperatives of inclusive development; prioritizes the needs of the poor and vulnerable localities; increases the people’s voice in the use of their taxes; increases the government’s accountability for the results of public spending; supports the rapid and effective delivery of public services; and enhances the health of government’s finances. ( (ag) - See more at:


DepEd, NHA turnover 1,000 new classrooms
Friday 1st of August 2014
QUEZON CITY, August 1 -- One thousand classrooms have been  constructed in various resettlement areas within regions III, IV-A and National Capital Region (NCR) through the partnership of the Department of Education and the National Housing Authority.

Since 2010 to present, the NHA has allotted space for educational facilities and has been able to construct 1,000 classrooms (76 school buildings) in 40 different areas within regions III, IV-A and National Capital Region (NCR).

Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said "Nagagawa pong tugunan ng DepEd ang problema ng congestion sa NCR dahil sa mga resettlement projects ng NHA.” He added that building classrooms for the Filipino learners is a shared responsibility among DepEd and education partners from other government agencies, private sector, and non-government organizations.

“Ang pagtatayo po ng bahay at ng mga paaralan na maipagmamalaki ay isang rebolusyon na sama-sama nating pagtutulungan,” Luistro said.

As per Executive Order 90, s. 1986, the NHA is mandated to undertake programs for the improvement of blighted urban areas and provide housing assistance to the lowest 30% of urban income-earners through slum upgrading, illegal settler relocation, development of sites and services, and construction of housing units.

NHA General Manager Atty. Chito Cruz said, “With shared commitment, continuous collaboration and coordination between our agencies, we have been able to build the facilities necessary for developing the educational requirement of our client-communities in their new setting. We are fortunate to have built schools for relocated communities & hope to provide this to others.”

He added that classrooms serve to complete the development of the Filipino youth into more responsible and productive members of the communities. Cruz added, “We are happy to be DepEd’s active partner in undertaking the development of the youth and in providing them opportunities for a better future.”

Under the provision of resettlement assistance, the NHA is also mandated to provide basic services of facilities and access to livelihood opportunities sufficient to meet the basic needs of affected families relocated from danger zones and other public places. Though the provision of school buildings is not stipulated in their mandate, the NHA has been keen to addressing the need of access to education in their resettlement sites.

Of the 1,000 classrooms, 637 will be signed into the Deed of Transfer and Acceptance (DOTA) as the 363 have already been turned over to DepEd's division offices.

“Our task of providing social infrastructure does not end with today’s formal turnover to DepEd of the completed school buildings. To date, construction of more school buildings in ongoing in new settlements from Luzon to Mindanao,” Cruz said. (DepEd)

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