The recipient-priority programs (for PDAF funds) include the following: (a)Education, by providing more scholarship programs and assistance to students; (b)Adequate Health care by providing hospitalization and medical assistance to indigent patients; (c) Assistance to Persons in Crisis by extending medical, transportation, burialand food assistance; (d) Employment by strengthening and providing allocation for theSPES of the Special Program for Employment of Students,
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(TUPAD) workers and Training for Employment Program; andItemized listing of specific infrastructure projects under the DPWH.As per House Appropriations Committee Report No. 1 on HB 2630, the Departmentof Education, as mandated by the Constitution, gets the lion’s share with P336.9 billion.“The amount closes the critical gaps in the supply of teachers, classrooms and for the increased needs brought about by the K-12 basic education reform program,” Ungab pointed out in Committee Report No. 1 on HB 2630.As the infrastructure arm of government, the Department of Public Works andHighways (DPWH) is at second spot with P213.5-billion to support its national roads and bridges targets and support the growth of key sectors like tourism.Third and fourth are the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)with P135.4-billion and the Department of National Defense (DND) getting P123.1- billion.The Department of Health (DOH) is at fifth with P87.1 billion in pursuit of theUniversal Health Care Program, particularly for preventive healthcare services and for health insurance coverage of poor families, among others.Getting the 6
biggest funding is the Department of Agriculture (DA) with P80.7 billion to support productivity programs and improve the incomes of farmers andfisherfolk. The Department of Social Welfare and Development follows with P79.0 billiondesigned to deliver meaningful social protection services, particularly the expanded
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to cover the benefits of about 4.3 millionindigent households.The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) gets P48.7 billionto support the construction of airports, seaports and railways needed to improve thecompetitiveness of industries.The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is allotted P23.9 billion, while the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has P20.4 billion, among others.The total obligation budget of P2.268-trillion is 13.1 percent or P202.1 billionhigher than the 2013 level of P2.006-trillion. Total revenue projection is P2.018-trillionwhich translates to 15.1 percent of GDP and higher by 15.6 percent than the 2013 programof P1.746-trillion.