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Interview on DZBB: Galawang Ninja? Ping Details How Pork is ‘Hidden’ in 2020 Budget | Dec. 15, 2019

In an interview on DZBB, Sen. Lacson detailed how pork items that violate the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling outlawing pork are ‘hidden’ in the 2020 budget.

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In the Spirit of Transparency: Lacson Details Proposed Institutional Amendments in 2020 Budget

Sen. Lacson proposed institutional amendments to the P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020. These include added funding for landmark programs of the administration, such as the PhilSys (National ID) program, the Universal Health Program, and free tuition. He also sought to deduct funding from programs of agencies such as the DPWH and DoTr due to their underutilization of funds, and realign them to more worthwhile projects.

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Ping, Nakahanap ng Pondo Para sa ‘Landmark’ Programs ng Duterte Administration

Isinulong ni Senador Panfilo Lacson na madagdagan ang pondo para sa implementasyon ng National ID, Universal Health Care at Quality Tertiary Education sa 2020, sa pamamagitan ng realignment sa ilang malalabong gastusin sa 2020 budget.

Ayon kay Lacson, kakarampot ang inilaan ng orihinal na panukalang badyet para sa tatlong maituturing na “landmark” na programa ng kasalukuyang administrasyon.

“The National ID system needs at least P5.565 billion in 2020 to cover the registration of some 14 million Filipinos and resident aliens. But the proposed 2020 budget presently allocates only P2.4 billion under the unprogrammed fund for it. This amount covers only 6.3 million Filipinos,” pagsisiwalat ng senador.

Related: Lacson Eyes Pork, Other Duplicative Projects to Fund National ID, UHC, Tertiary Education Act in 2020 Budget
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Lacson Eyes Pork, Other Duplicative Projects to Fund National ID, UHC, Tertiary Education Act in 2020 Budget

Several funded items in the P4.1-trillion proposed national budget for 2020 can be realigned to more worthwhile programs to fund three landmark laws passed under the present administration: the PhilSys Act (National ID) program, Universal Health Care Act, and the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said.

Lacson lamented the National ID measure, which was passed into law in 2018 after he championed it in the Senate, could not reach its potential because of a severe funding gap.

“There are many items in the 2020 budget that can be realigned for the National ID. One of them is the National Greening Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources,” he said in an interview on DZMM Wednesday.

Related: Ping, Nakahanap ng Pondo Para sa ‘Landmark’ Programs ng Duterte Administration
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‘Huli sa Facebook, May Iskolar Pa Si Cong!’: Interpellating the 2020 Budget of the CHED

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Tulong Dunong,’ the defunct scholarship program of individual legislators, is still alive and kicking – and the proof is on Facebook. Sen. Lacson bared this during his interpellation of the 2020 budget of the Commission on Higher Education.

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At a Glance: Where P50.8 billion in unresolved right-of-way funds in the 2018 budget may be realigned

The Senate approved Sen. Lacson’s proposed realignments stemming from unresolved right-of-way funds in the 2018 budget. These are some of the programs that may be funded by the realignments.

 

On the Signing into Law of the Bill Granting Free Tuition for SUCs

It only shows where President Duterte’s heart really is. Obviously, he went against the advice of his economic managers.

For one, I know there’s money in the national budget to fund the free tuition law. As what the Senate had collectively accomplished under the 2017 GAA, we managed to realign P8.3 billion from the pork allocations of congressmen to SUCs through the Commission on Higher Education.

That is how we intend to do it again under the proposed 2018 budget.

God bless the Philippines and its deserving students who can’t afford higher education.

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