P292.7-B budget ng DepEd sa 2013 – DBM

TUMAAS ng 10.5 percent o P90 billion mula sa P1.8 trillion budget ang P2 trillion budget  para sa susunod na taon, ayon kay Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.

Sa press briefing, sinabi Abad na ang pinakamalaking pondo ng budget ay inilaan sa Department of Education (DepEd) na may P292.7 billion mula sa dating P238.8 billion, sinundan ng DPWH na may P152.9 billion mula sa dating P126.5 billion; sunod ang DND na may P121.6 billion.

Pang-apat ang DILG na may P P120.8 billion, sunod ang DA na may P74.1 billion habang pang-anim ang Department of Health (DoH) na may P56.8 billion sinundan ng DSWD, P56.2 billion; DoTC, P37.1 billion; DoF, P33.2 billion at DENR, P23.7 billion.

Sa nasabing budget, nabawasan din ang debt servicing sa 2013, kung saan mula sa 18.3 porsiyento ay naging 16.6 porsiyento na lamang.

Sa kabilang dako, tiniyak naman ni Sec. Abad na ang tema ni Pangulong Aquino sa oras na isapubliko na niya ang national budget ay “Atas ng Bayan” o “Atas ng Taumbayan” kung saan ang tema noong nakaraang taon ay ‘Paggugol na Matuwid’ dahil ito’y kanilang tinawag na Empowerment Budget dahil ang bawat sentimo na gagastusin ng pamahalaan ay para sa kapakanan ng mga mamamayan.

“Now, speaking of results, we want this budget to accelerate the completion of priority program targets. We have designated the Department of Public Works and Highways as the principal infrastructure agency; meaning, all construction activities will now be undertaken—the design, the costing, the procurement or the bidding, as well as the supervision—by the DPWH so that the other agencies can concentrate on their core mandates like DepEd in pedagogy or teaching, Department of Health on healthcare delivery, DAR on land tenure improvement,” sabi ni Abad.

“And like what we did last year, before the 2012 budget was enacted, we will again conduct pre-bidding activities on infrastructure projects this year. So on July 24, we will be issuing a directive to all departments to begin bidding out projects short of awarding them,” ayon kay Sec. Abad.

“And this time, it will be all agencies who will be directed to do so. So, for example, DPWH will be bidding out its projects short of award.. .So t on… January 2, on the first day of the enactment of the new GAA, the DPWH can begin awarding contracts and issuing notices to proceed. DepEd will start hiring their teachers in July this year so that by the end of this year, we would have known where to deploy 61,000 new teachers and by May 15, we will be issuing their appointments effective that day and they will be deployed to their stations,” paliwanag ni Abad.

Sa pamamagitan aniya ng budget na ito ay mas magiging matibay ang accountability ng public institutions at public servants upang ipamalas ang kanilang mandato.

“We’ll continue to deepen performance budgeting and harmonize all performance-based management systems in government. One innovation that we are going to introduce next year is a system of performance-based bonuses which can range from 5,000 to 35,000 pesos per employee on top of the productivity enhancement incentive of about 5,000 that they will be receiving,” ani Abad.

Sinabi rin ni Abad na sisimulan rin ng gobyerno ang proseso ng PPPs sa public services.

Binigyang halimbawa nito ang pag-bid sa pagtatayo ng mga classrooms para sa 10,000  sa pribadong sektor na gagamitin upang tugunan ang kasalatan ng classroom sa bansa sa susunod na taon.

“It is consistent with our macroeconomic assumptions and targets for the medium-term. We hope to grow the GDP by six to seven percent next year and this is the assumption that we used in the budget.

We foresee that inflation will stay at the ranger of three to five percent; interest rates between three to five percent; foreign exchange from 42 to 45 pesos a dollar. And we hope the recovery of the export trade will allow us to increase exports by 10 percent this year and 12 percent next year.

Our fiscal program for 2013 will show that the DBCC adopted the national government deficit of 2.0 percent of GDP in 2013. That will mean a deficit target in absolute terms in the amount of 241-billion pesos which is lower than this year’s deficit outlook of 279.1 or 2.6 percent,” ayon kay Sec. Abad.

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