MANILA - The budget watchdog group, Social Watch Philippines (SWP), has added its voice to the call against pork-linked corruption, to be manifested in the upcoming mass protest at the Kartilya ng Katipunan, Bonifacio Shrine in the afternoon of June 12, 2014.
Social Watch questions
gov’t poverty stats
A CIVIL SOCIETY GROUP advocating citizens’ participation in public finance has challenged the Aquino administration’s latest poverty statistics that tend to show a significant cut in poverty rates.
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. Briones said it is not surprising that these funds are now the so-called presidential pork, since the disbursements will only be upon approval of President Aquino.
The 2015 budget: Making waste by making haste
Next week, on October 20, Congress will start deliberations in preparation for the 3rd reading and approval of the 2015 General Appropriation Act. The pressure is on for the House of Representatives to pass the GAA as quickly as possible to give time for the Senate to approve it, and for the Bicameral Committee to harmonize it before the President finally signs it. The Budget 2015 Train is rushing full speed and making haste. However, it may find itself making waste, instead.
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? Peoples’ money should improve people’s lives. Government invested billions of public funds to end poverty; but global and national economic growth left 1.9 billion people poorer and hungrier and with less opportunity for shelter, healthcare and education.
Regional and Global Initiatives
Social Watch Asia and
Social Watch International
At the global level, Social Watch engages governments, the UN system, and international organizations for the fulfillment 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).