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2022 gov’t spending plan: Less for COVID, more for NTF-Eclac


Suspected Covid-19 patients and relatives rest in a parking lot turned into a covid ward outside a hospital in Binan town, Laguna

FILE PHOTO: Suspected Covid-19 sufferers and kin relaxation in a car parking zone become a covid ward exterior a hospital in Binan city, Laguna province south of Manila on September 6, 2021, with report infections fuelled by the hyper-contagious Delta variant. (Photo by Maria Tan / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines—A 73 % reduce in funding for COVID response. An 11 billion-peso enhance within the funds for a counterinsurgency job power created by President Rodrigo Duterte.

An in depth take a look at the numbers within the 5-trillion peso proposed nationwide funds in 2022 would present the place the Duterte administration, outgoing in a number of months, is headed by way of spending desire in its final expenditure proposal to Congress.

As each chambers of Congress—Senate and House of Representatives—now deliberate on the proposed funds, it could be attention-grabbing to take a more in-depth take a look at the numbers.

INQUIRER.internet tries to interrupt down the proposed P5.024 trillion nationwide funds for 2022 primarily based on paperwork from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Weighing in

According to DBM information, the proposed P5.024 trillion nationwide funds for 2022 elevated by 11.5 % or is P518 billion larger than the adjusted 2021 funds amounting to P4.506 trillion.

Proposed spending on numerous packages for 2022 is 16.58 % larger than P4.309 trillion in 2020.

Of 5 fundamental sectors—social companies, financial companies, basic public companies, debt burden, and protection—social companies has the most important slice within the 2022 funds pie.

Proposed allocations per sector in 2022 have been:

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Graphic by Ed Lustan

  • Social companies: P1.9 trillion
  • Economic companies: P1.47 trillion
  • General public companies: P862.7 billion
  • Debt burden: P541.2 billion
  • Defense: P224.4 billion

Social companies may have a 15.2 %, or P253.8 billion, enhance from its 2021 allocation of P1.6 trillion. The sector carries 38.3 % of the 2022 proposed funds.

Economic companies may have an 11.4 % enhance, or P150.4 billion, more than the P1.3 trillion funds allotted in 2021.

While the social companies sector will get the very best allocation share, the most important enhance will probably be in most of the people companies sector.

In 2021, basic public companies was given P747.8 billion. For 2022, it’s set to have P862.7 billion, a 15.4 % leap or P114.9 billion more.

The allocation for the protection sector additionally grew by 8.5 % from P206.8 billion in 2021 to P224.4 billion in 2022.

The funds share for the nation’s debt burden will see a lower beneath the proposed 2022 funds. The sector may have a 3.4 % funds reduce from P560.3 billion in 2021 to P541.2 billion in 2022.

In the proposed 2022 National Expenditure Program (NEP) report, the DBM mentioned the allocations “reflect the administration’s thrust to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and resume the path towards inclusive economic growth.”

Lion’s share

The proposed P5.024 trillion 2022 expenditure program will probably be divided amongst numerous authorities departments.

From the proposed P5.024 trillion expenditure program, at the least P2.8 trillion could be allotted to departments. It is equal to a 5.76 % enhance from the P2.7 trillion allotted for departments this yr.

According to paperwork from the DBM, the highest 10 highest recipients of the proposed 2022 funds will get round P2.6 trillion, or 93.4 %, of the overall allocation for departments.

The schooling sector will once more have the very best allocation with P773.6 billion—15.4 % of the overall 2022 funds—larger than P751.7 billion beneath the 2021 program.

The Department of Education (DepEd) will get a P630.8 billion funds for 2022. The DBM mentioned it will cowl “basic education, development, reproduction and delivery of learning resources for basic education-learning continuity plan, computerization program, among others.”

For tertiary schooling, round P75.4 billion will probably be given to state universities and schools (SUCs), P52.6 billion for the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and P14.7 billion for Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The DBM mentioned the appropriation will assist the implementation of the regulation on common entry to high quality tertiary schooling and different packages like monetary help for college students in SUCs and personal instructional establishments.

The second highest allocation, P686.1 billion, goes to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

In 2020, DPWH additionally ranked second among the many high 10 departments by way of funds allocation. But the DPWH allocation in 2022 could be 1.4 %—P9.6 billion—decrease than the P695.7 billion that was given to the division in 2021.

The funds slash, in response to the DBM, was brought on by the devolution of some packages to native authorities items (LGUs) with the implementation of the Mandanas ruling of the Supreme Court which elevated the share of LGUs in nationwide income.

READ: Gov’t to transfer some functions to LGUs

The DPWH is adopted by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) with P250.4 billion.

But the 2022 funds allotted for DPWH—which implements  Duterte’s Build, Build, Build program—and DILG have been a lot larger than that for the Department of Health (DOH).

The DOH, which included PhilHealth, will get P242 billion within the 2022 spending program. The funds for DOH included funding for the nation’s COVID-19 response for 2022.

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Graphic by Ed Lustan

Also among the many high 10 departments and department of presidency with the very best allocation have been:

  • Department of National Defense (DND) with P222 billion
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with P191.4 billion
  • Department of Transportation (DOTr) with P151.3 billion
  • Department of Agriculture (DA) with P72 billion
  • The judiciary with P45 billion
  • The Department of Labor and Employment with P44.9 billion

Among the ten departments, DOTr may have the very best enhance–72.1 % or P63.4 billion—in allocation for 2022. It had a funds of P87.9 billion in 2021.

But faraway from the 2022 spending plan was the allocation for the DOTr’s “Libreng Sakay” program which provided free rides to staff and people on the frontline of the battle in opposition to COVID on the top of the nonetheless ongoing pandemic.

The P10 billion proposed funds by the DOTr to fund Service Contracting Program (SCP) and free-ride service was scrapped by the DBM.

READ: Transport sector aid scrapped in 2022 budget

At least P190.6 billion will probably be allotted to different departments that aren’t on the highest 10 checklist.

Among the notable businesses exterior the highest 10 is the Commission on Elections (Comelec) with a proposed funds of P26 billion for 2022—80.41 % larger than its 2021 funds of P14.8 billion.

But in response to the Comelec, the DBM slashed 37 % from its authentic P41.9-billion proposed funds. The company mentioned the funds reduce will have an effect on preparations for the 2022 nationwide and native elections.

“A lot of things in our budget will be affected. One of them is our COVID-19 preparation,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez mentioned.

“The other big thing that will be affected is the request of our teachers,” he mentioned. The DepEd, in response to Jimenez, is asking for a rise in honoraria and different advantages of academics who could be tapped for election obligation.

READ: Comelec’s election year budget slashed by 37%

Priorities and funds cuts

The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-Elcac) is among the many authorities businesses which can get an enormous enhance in its funds allocation for 2022.

Under the 2022 expenditure program, NTF-Elcac—the federal government’s counterinsurgency job power — will get a P29.2 billion funds, which is P11 billion larger than its 2021 funds.

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Graphic by Ed Lustan

Budget Undersecretary Tina Rose Marie Canda, performing DBM chief, mentioned the funds hike for the duty power was resulting from a rise within the variety of barangays that NTF-Elcac listed as beneficiaries of grants being given for improvement initiatives in villages already cleared of communist rebels.

“The rationale for the increase is that this year, 822 barangays were cleared,” mentioned Canda. “That is the equivalent amount for the 2021 level and for 2022 the number of barangays cleared increased to 1,406,” she mentioned.

Allocation for each cleared barangay is P20 million, Canda mentioned.

The 75 % enhance within the NTF-Elcac funds, nevertheless, was questioned by many legislators amid cuts made by the DBM in different allocations thought-about as more necessary, significantly that for COVID response.

As the nation continues to grapple with the influence of constant infections by SARS Cov2, the virus that causes COVID-19, the DOH is getting solely P19.68 billion for pandemic-related spending in 2022.

The DBM slashed at the least 73 % of the proposed P73.99 billion COVID response funds by DOH.

At a funds listening to within the House committee on appropriation in early September, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III mentioned the supposed P73.99 billion would cowl hazard obligation pay, particular danger allowance, meals, lodging and transportation, and life insurance coverage for well being care staff, which might require at the least P50.41 billion.

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Graphic by Ed Lustan

According to Duque’s spending checklist, these quantities have been a part of the proposed COVID spending by the DOH:

  • P9.9 billion assist for DOH hospitals
  • P6.6 billion for hiring of vaccinators
  • P1.2 billion for hiring of illness surveillance officers
  • P4.4 billion for oxygen provide
  • P1.5 billion for different pandemic bills

READ: Duque: DBM only approved P19.68B out of P73.99B DOH-proposed budget for 2022 COVID response

The proposed funds for the University of the Philippines (UP) additionally faces a P1.3 billion funds reduce for 2022. The state college’s funds consists of funding for the UP Philippine General Hospital—a serious COVID referral heart—and the Philippine Genome Center, the lead in bio-surveillance for genome sequencing of SARS Cov2 variants.

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Graphic by Ed Lustan

READ: NTF-Elcac budget up 75%; funds for PGH cut

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), the nation’s main coronavirus testing heart, additionally suffered a funds reduce after the DBM accredited solely P223 million for it in 2022. In 2021,  the RITM acquired an allocation of P393 million.

Unlike NTF-Elcac, different departments additionally confronted an enormous lower of their 2022 proposed funds in comparison with their 2021 allocations.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) noticed a 6.25 % funds reduce from P904,635 in 2021 to P904,635 in 2022.

The Office of the Ombudsman was given P3.9 billion for 2022, or a 14.16 % reduce in its P4.6 billion funds for 2021.

READ: House solons want Ombudsman’s budget for 2022 restored

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) proposed a P42-billion funds for 2022 however the DBM gave it solely P24 billion, or practically half.

Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña attributed the lower within the proposed funds to a discount within the DOST’s capital outlay spending. He mentioned the division funds focuses on six areas:

  • Accelerating technology of applied sciences and improvements to in opposition to COVID-19
  • Support transition of micro, small, and medium enterprises to the brand new regular by upgrading know-how
  • Promoting regional technology-based improvement
  • Nurturing startups and technology-based enterprises
  • Strengthen enterprise and repair continuity
  • Leverage alliances with academe and different companions

Under DOST, the funds proposed by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) dropped from P1.8 billion in 2021 to P1.3 billion in 2022.

According to Dela Peña, the funds reduce will have an effect on the state climate company’s modernization program.

READ: P1.6-B budget cut to affect Pagasa’s modernization efforts — DOST

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) received more funding for 2022 with P544.5 million in comparison with its P529.2 million funds this yr.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) may even get a decrease funds of P10 billion for 2022 from P12 billion in 2021.

The Office of the Vice President (OVP) was additionally not spared from funds cuts.

During funds deliberations, Vice President Leni Robredo mentioned her workplace initially proposed P714.56 million for i2022. The DBM, nevertheless, accredited solely P713.41 million—21.50 % lower than the OVP’s P908.79 million funds this yr.

Unprepared for COVID

Amid the continued enhance of COVID circumstances, lawmakers consider that the P19.68 billion allotted for pandemic response in 2022 is a mirror of the dearth of preparation by the Duterte administration in opposition to the illness.

The pandemic response funds reduce may have a damaging influence on well being staff’ advantages, in response to Duque. The reduce was made at the same time as well being staff endure from burnout, are overwhelmed by the pandemic, are underpaid, and are pushed to resignation.

Robredo mentioned that there appeared to be “a lot of disconnect” within the authorities’s declaration of pandemic response as a precedence and what’s within the 2022 nationwide funds.

She mentioned the proposed 2022 nationwide funds doesn’t seem prefer it was meant for COVID response.

READ: Robredo: 2022 nat’l budget doesn’t look like it was made for COVID response

Sen. Nancy Binay echoed the identical sentiments as she famous the dearth of funding for contact tracing, well being staff, and monetary help for people who misplaced jobs throughout lockdowns.

“The 2022 budget is not ready for a war with COVID. There is so much that is lacking,” Binay mentioned on the Kapihan sa Manila Bay discussion board final Sept. 15.

“COVID-19 is here to stay and is not going away anytime soon. They should have had this in mind when they were crafting the budget,” she added.

Despite getting a much bigger share within the funds pie, Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año admitted at a House listening to that the division doesn’t have funds for contact tracers.

READ: 2022 budget not ready for war vs COVID – Garin, Binay

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