Palace to submit 2013 budget day after SONA for early enactment
Malacañang is set to submit to congress its proposed 2013 P2.006 trillion budget on Tuesday, the day after President Benigno Aquino III delivers his third State of the Nation Address.
Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad said Sunday that the submission aims to show the administration’s commitment to early enactment of the Budget.
“Last year, the Administration and Congress worked together to ensure that the 2012 Budget becomes law by 15 December 2011; the earliest Budget enactment since the restoration of our democracy. We look forward to repeating that historical feat,” he said.
The Aquino administration submitted its 2012 budget on July 26, 2011 a day after the President’s second SONA.
However, the 2011 budget was submitted on August 25, or almost a month after Aquino delivered his first SONA on July 26.
Abad said the 2013 budget, which he dubbed as an “empowerment budget”, aims to deepen the Aquino administration’s commitment to its social contract with the Filipinos as it funds programs and projects that will reduce poverty incidence to 16.6 percent by 2016.
“President Aquino has directed us to take bold steps in closing key social service delivery gaps—in classrooms, teachers, health insurance subsidies, rural health facilities, etc.—by 2013,” he said, “He also instructed us to build on our economic achievements so far, such as the 6.4-percent gross domestic product growth in the first quarter of 2012, by investing in the foundations of rapid, inclusive and sustained growth,”.
Abad said the combined budgetary allocations of the Social Services and Economic Services to the tune of P1.210 trillion—60.3 percent of the P2.006-trillion Budget—supports the achievement of the said target.
Under next year’s appropriation, the Social Services allocation alone is 13.9 percent or P85 billion higher than the P613.4 billion outlay for the sector in 2012.
Among the departments, the DepEd continues to get the largest allocation at P292.7 billion, which is P55.9 billion higher than its P238.8-billion budget in 2012. This is followed by the Department of Public Works and Highways with P152.9 billion allocation compared to the previous P126.4 billion. The Department of National Defense will get P121.6 billion next year which is P13.5 billion higher than the 2012 allocation of P108.1 billion.
Completing the top 10 agencies with the biggest allocations for 2013 are the Departments of Interior and Local Government with P120.8 billion; Agriculture with P74.1 billion; Health with P56.8 billion; Social Welfare and Development with P56.2 billion; Transportation and Communications with P37.1 billion; Finance with P33.2 billion; and Environment and Natural Resources with P23.7 billion. — DVM, GMA News
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