Gov't to 'spend more' in 2017

The Duterte administration is clearly asking for no ‘change’ in its budget allocation for 2017, which it has dubbed as a “budget for real change”. Totaling P3.35 trillion and reflecting a 11.6 percent hike from the 2016 fiscal appropriation, the proposed national budget for next year earmarks bigger funding for social (e.g., education, health), economic (e.g., agriculture, land), and general public (e.g., public order and safety) services.

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Special powers eyed to combat traffic woes

Senators agree that emergency powers for the executive branch of the government may be necessary to solve what has become the “national excuse” for tardiness in the country—heavy vehicular traffic.

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