Ex-treasurer scores P282.2-billion presidential ‘pork’ for ‘Yolanda’
Former National Treasurer and Social Watch Philippines Convenor Prof. Leonor Magtolis-Briones questioned the P282.5-billion “presidential pork,” which is way higher than the P33-billion rehabilitation funds for Yolanda victims. She said a huge portion of the P2.264-trillion national budget for 2014 included the Special Purpose Funds (SPF) worth P282.5 billion, or the “lump-sum appropriations.” She said these funds replaced the controversial P25.6-billion pork-barrel funds that were realigned in key line agencies.
Iskul Bukol: all about lumps
in the 2014 budget
For the longest time, people did not have an interest in the national budget. Except for students, researchers and civil society organizations the budget was a tedious document which was better left to the experts, the bureaucrats and the politicians. While not necessarily accepted, abuses in pork barrel were cynically tolerated. Not anymore! Since 2006, civil society organizations like Social Watch Philippines have been monitoring the budget and calling attention to abuses in lump sum appropriations, including pork barrel.
The Philippine National Government through the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) has set the celiling of the 2015 Proposed Budget at P2.61 trillion, 15.1 percent more than the P2.26-trillion budget for 2014. How this will be allocated to support Inclusive Development?
Social Development and MDGS
Healing the World and
Making it a Better Place
The world free of poverty is yet to be. What we are seeing now is a World that is hurting, and so deeply that there seems to be no relief or end in sight. It is now 20 years from Rio when and where most everyone agreed humanity was at a defining moment. Back then, we thought we had the answer. Now, we are not sure anymore. The human race and the planet are ailing and the present is not the future we wanted 20 years ago.
Alternative Budget Initiative
Reclaiming the People’s Purse
Public funds came from the people and should therefore be utilized primarily to ensure better quality of life for the people. But dowe hear actual voices of slum dwellers, indigenous people, farmers, fishers and persons with disabilities when the local and national budgets are being formulated and planned?
Regional and Global Initiatives
SocialWatch Asia and
At the global level, Social Watch engages governments, the UN system, and international organizations for the fulfilment of national, regional and international commitments to eradicate poverty and achieve social progress. It regularly monitors progress and shortfall in social development based on the government’s commitment to various international conferences and agreements as consolidated in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It evaluates policies, recommends programs and engages government agencies, international financial institutions and the UN System to address key poverty issues and human development concerns.
Institutionalizing Marginalized Communities' Participation in the Philippine Budget Process: Inspirational Breakthroughs.