DBM eyes quicker disbursements for rehab efforts

Posted at 02/04/14 2:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is expecting quicker disbursements in 2014 for the rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in all calamity-affected areas.

Budget Secretary Butch Abad said the disbursements for infrastructure and other capital outlay by end-November posted double-digit growth levels, with a 20.5 percent or P37.9 billion increase, despite consecutive calamities in 2013.

“We're continuing that same trend this year, where we ramp up infrastructure and other priority expenditures to sustain our economic momentum and ensure the delivery improved public services," Abad said in a statement Tuesday.

"It's also worth noting that while last year's disasters may have affected government spending, we can expect disbursements to move at a faster clip in the succeeding months, especially because we plan to make swifter disbursements for rehabilitation and reconstruction activities in all calamity-affected areas," he added.

Abad said these efforts will be backed by the validity extension for remaining Calamity and Quick Response Funds, government savings, unobligated allotments and unreleased appropriations under the 2013 budget.

The DBM also reported that total government disbursements increased to P1.677 trillion for the period year-on-year—9.2 percent or P141.7 billion higher than last year’s level of P1.535 trillion—despite natural and man-made calamities experienced in the 4th quarter of 2013.

The DBM said it has already released P1.912 trillion or 95.3 percent of the total P2.006 trillion obligation for 2013 as of November, covering 96.8 percent of specific budgets of national government agencies and departments under the 2013 GAA.

The November releases include funding support to the National Housing Authority’s (NHA) housing program for informal settler families (ISFs), pension, terminal leave, retirement gratuity and other benefits of retiring government employees, and Quick Response Funds under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to provide immediate assistance to typhoon Yolanda-affected areas.

DBM also said that while Personnel Services (PS) increased by P41.9 billion or 8.5 percent as of end-November, Maintenance and Other Operating Expenditures (MMOE) decreased in year-on-year cumulative growth from 20.7 percent as of October to 12.4 percent or P28 billion as of November.

Subsidies to GOCCs also dropped in year-on-year growth from a month ago, but it remains to have the largest percentage growth among all expenditure accounts at 49.2 percent.