You know why this remains unreleased? It’s most likely because no national government agency or LGU is requesting for it.

DBM cannot release this without a special budget request.…
Nonetheless, I still think the 2021 NDRRM Fund should be used for pandemic response/ayuda but definitely, some of it should be saved for disaster season this year. I believe I mentioned this in my Rappler interview @reyaika and @RalfRivas a couple of weeks back.
Aside from the NDRRM Fund, there’s also the Contingent Fund that is subject. That’s 13 billion this year. That should also be tapped to fund the many unforeseen needs due to this pandemic.
Both the NDRRM Fund and the Contingent Fund are subject to the approval of the President. They have appropriations in 2021 General Appropriations Act.

Why then are IATF officials saying there are no funds for ayuda and pandemic response? Do they even coordinate with DBM?
Now, assuming there’s a special budget request from an agency, a major reason that DBM will not recommend additional fund release from these two funds is the absorptive capacity of agencies. But that is technical. Malacañang can certainly override that recommendation.
Baka naman ayaw lang talaga ipagamit ang mga ito. Baka naman nagkukuripot lang because in their minds Build, Build, Build is the solution to everything. Goodness.

This kind of austerity and this faith in trickle down econics in the middle of a crisis will be the death of us🤦🏻‍♀️
P.S. Fund release from NDRRM and CF is ultimately based on presidential approval not just the submission of a budget request.

No approval, no release. But then again, if there’s no budget request to begin with, what will Malacañang approve, di ba?
EDIT: economics not econics hehehe

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30 Apr
Hunger czar ka dyan. Anong balak nila gawin to address hunger if they don’t give ayuda?

As if naman if they reopen the economy babalik sa dati ang lahat. As if naman walang firms thay didn’t permanently shut down their businesses.
As if naman people are confident to go out and spend when daily cases continue to hiy 8,000-10,000.

As if naman may mass vaccination na silang ginagawa. Eh hindi pa nga dumarating ang mga inorder na vaccines.
EDIT: hit*
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26 Apr
Let me just explain why you can’t find project details in the SAROs.

First and foremost, SAROs issued by DBM to cover releases to LGUs from funds under Allocations to Local Government Units are not always one is to one as in one SARO per LGU especially if it’s a barangay.
Now, the NTF-ELCAC budget is under Allocations to Local Government Units. How is that fund released

Normally, the department that has oversight on the implementation of projects request the release of funds from DBM in batches or tranches.
Each batch will have its own project list attached to the special budget request submitted to DBM. That request is reviewed by DBM before a SARO is released.

For example, this 3B fund release. DBM will never release a SARO without a project list that shows at least a breakdown.
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26 Apr
I was watching the pre-SONA briefing, but I stopped. I can't stand the cherry picking.

I cringe at the SOF's statements on all the reforms they supposedly did which conveniently omitted supporting data and contexts. Ugh.

I'll continue reading @jcpunongbayan's thread na lang
Also, shouldn't they be reporting their accomplishments since this is a pre-SONA briefing?

What's the point of reporting all these plans and targets if they don't support it with hard data to show how those budgets and investment benefitted ordinary Filipinos?
Look at this slide on the vaccination program. So what if those are their targets?

I mean, c'mon, we received 3 million doses and,
@rapplerdotcom's vaccine tracker says 1.7 million has been administered.

Read 9 tweets
26 Apr
HAHAHAHAHA! Way to mislead people about the infrastructure spending to GDP .

This graph from a PIDS study shows which administration actually increased the infra spending.

Hahahaha! Pre-Aquino admin infra spending was the "anemic" one. Tumigil kayo with the half-truths
And look how ACTUAL infra to GDP ratio has deteriorated since 2016? Hahahahahaha!

They were riding on the institutional reforms introduced by former DPWH Secretary Babes Singson. But well, well, well, they failed to meet their own sustain the momentum.
Heck, they couldn't even meet their own targets, better yet stick to those targets.. Hahahaha!

These were their medium-term targets at the start, published in no less than the 2018 People's Budget
Read 19 tweets
25 Apr
Keep the budget visuals like this coming hehehe

Would be nice to compare as well the total budget of OVP vs the Confidential and Intelligence Funds of the OP.

Btw, the total OVP budget for 2021 is actually Php900M. Nasa 2021 GAA ang figure -…
I wonder where the Php673M figure came from. Maybe this is actual spending figure?

It's quite close to the OVP's budget for 2020 - nearly Php700M in the 2020 GAA -…
It doesn't change the conclusion we can draw from this graph though.

Kahit Php900m 2021 OVP budget ang gamitin natin, or the 2020 OVP budget which is Php699.88m (to be exact), kapiranggot lang talaga iyon compared to the NTF-ELCAC funds.
Read 9 tweets
12 Apr
1/x Okay, here goes my factchecking. I will explain this in Taglish para mas madali maintindihan.

For context, magkano na ang total budget releases for COVID response. Ayon sa DBM report, umabot na daw ito ng 568B.
2/x Anong mga kasama sa 568B? Basically merong mga fund releases authorized under Bayanihan 1 and 2 such as cash transfers ng DSWD, wage subsidies ng DOLE, those coursed through SSS and other COVID-related health and operational expenditures.

3/x Now let’s focus on ayuda, and by ayuda, I mean direct cash transfers to beneficiaries.

How much of the 568B under Bayanihan 1 and 2 went to that?

At least 300B went to ayuda. Those were released to DSWD, DOLE, SSS, etc. Check the DBM report if you want more details.
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