RALPH RECTO LAUDS SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT INNOVATION IN 2014 BUDGET

MANILA , JULY 29, 2013 (PHILSTAR) By Marvin Sy - It will be easier to monitor and track expenditures in next year’s P2.268-trillion budget program due to “the single most important budgeting innovation” introduced by the administration, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said yesterday.

“The 2014 national budget has gone micro and I would even say that it has gone overboard in detailing what an agency must deliver,” Recto said in a statement.

Based on the budget presentation of Malacañang to Congress, Recto said that each agency has specific performance targets attached to its budget proposal.

“In the past, the budget of an agency contained only the amount. The one for 2014 includes performance benchmarks. The peso sign now comes with a performance guarantee,” Recto said.

For instance, the Philippine National Police – in its proposed budget – promises to increase by 25 percent the number of its foot and mobile patrols. Some of the targets appear very detailed and “meticuluous.”

The Bureau of Fire Protection said that it would be able to guarantee five- to seven-minute response time to 87 percent of the 5,185 distress calls it expects to get next year. Headlines ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1

Department of Health-controlled hospitals target 106,000 surgeries for 2014.

The Philippine Heart Center, on the other hand, seeks to limit to three percent the mortality rate for cardiac surgeries.

Recto noted that the DOH has a proposed budget of P80.8 billion for 2014, almost P30 billion higher than this year’s allocation.

According to Recto, defense and security units have also joined the transparency bandwagon in terms of performance outputs.

The national arsenal, he said, expects to churn up 30 million ammunition rounds while the Philippine Army has given assurance that 90 percent of its 176 tactical battalions can be made combat-ready within an hour after receiving orders from higher authorities.

The National Intelligence Coordinating Agency has promised to come out with 39,215 intelligence reports in 2014.

Recto said the practice of providing promissory notes in the proposed budget is commendable because it would result in the unbundling of big tickets items.

“In the case of the DPWH, its budget says 1,022 gravel roads will be paved while 605 kilometers of national roads will be built. The Department of Agriculture has also indicated that it will repair 1,500 kilometers of farm roads,“ Recto said.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has set a target of 2,568,811 meals served to schoolchildren on top of its P62.6-billion conditional cash transfer program next year.

The Department of Education has pledged an 84 percent National Achievement Test passing rate for 12.56 million secondary school students.

“This budget covers everything. Even the number of visitors to our museums was counted,” Recto said, referring to the 900,000 expected visitors to government-run museums in 2014.

“One of the colleges, the Tarlac College of Agriculture, has a quota of 621 graduates next year. That’s how meticulous they are with this budget,” he added.

The Land Registration Authority said it expects to process and release 666,283 land titles next year, while the Department of Foreign Affairs targets the issuance of 3,418,000 passports and other consular documents.

Recto said the “performance-informed budget structure” will not only promote transparency but will also ensure “higher rate of returns on public money.”

THE PHILIPPINE SENATE

Type
Type Upper house
Term limits 2 terms (12 years)
Leadership
President of the Senate Franklin Drilon[1], Liberal
Since July 22, 2013
President of the Senate pro tempore Ralph Recto, Liberal
Since July 22, 2013
Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, Nacionalista
Since July 22, 2013
Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, UNA
Since July 22, 2013
 

FROM THE OFFICIAL GAZETTE OF THE PRESIDENT

THE 2014 BUDGET OF PRESIDENT AQUINO

Message
of
His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
to the Sixteenth Congress of the Philippines
on the National Budget for Fiscal Year 2014

[July 23, 2013

CONTINUE READING: http://www.gov.ph/2013/07/23/2014-budget-message-of-president-aquino/

 


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