How Duterte plans to effect change with his first full year budget – Politiko

How Duterte plans to effect change with his first full year budget – Politiko

President Duterte has signed the 2017 budget of 3.35 trillion pesos, which he said includes the sizeable increase in allocation of infrastructure project, free education for state universities and colleges, universal healthcare, rice allowance for the poor, free irrigations subsistence, allowance for prisoners, pension for war veterans, and centenarians.

President Duterte has signed the 2017 budget of 3.35 trillion pesos, which he said includes the sizeable increase in allocation of infrastructure project, free education for state universities and colleges, universal healthcare, rice allowance for the poor, free irrigations subsistence, allowance for prisoners, pension for war veterans, and centenarians.

“As the first budget of my administration, we ensure that it will be pro-people, pro-investment, pro-growth, and pro-development,” he said.

Here are some of the salient points of the 2017 national budget:

  • Department of Education — P 544.1 billion pesos, an increase of 32.1 percent from 2016.
  • The Department of National Defense will be given 137.2 billion pesos for territorial defense, security and stability services.
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will get 128.3 billion, an increase of 15.8 percent from the 2016 budget.
  • P 78.2 billion for the Conditional Cash Transfer program. CCT beneficiaries will also receive a monthly rice allowance to ensure that there is food on the table for every Filipino family.
  • Department of Interior and Local Government is allocated P 148 billion pesos in 2017, which includes support for the country’s serious efforts against drugs, which will also help augment the allowances of prisoners and will be allotted for the construction of jail facilities.
  • P 1.1 billion budget, an increase of 38.4 percent from its 2016 budget, is for the electrification efforts for remote areas.
  • The Department of Public Works is allocated 454.7 billion
  • The Department of Transportation with 53.3 billion, increasing the department budget by 0.3 percent and 25, respectively.
  • The Department of Agriculture will be given 45.2 billion for market research and development, credit support services, construction of the farm-to-market roads and more micro enterprises will be supported by the Department of Trade and Industry’s establishment of negosyo centers.
  • The Department of Science and Technology Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program as well as some of the Philippine almost 1 billion for the support of the government-owned and controlled corporations and business corporations.
  • The Department of Environment and Natural Resources get to have support for advocacies that accord environmental integrity, climate change mitigation and adoption strategies. #

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