Promise 12: Increase health, education expenditure

Economy, Health, Education

Posted at Jul 25 2010 12:12 AM | Updated as of Jul 25 2015 02:27 AM


The Promise
The Aquino administration will focus investment expenditure in the very urgent need to invest in education (especially in early childhood education) and in health.



The Aquino campaign platform: Action plans on Economy

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Related Promise/s
Promise 7: Streamlining of the government bureaucracy
Promise 10: Target key industries with greatest potential for growth
Promise 13: Promote technical and vocational education

March 24, 2015 - The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is pushing for the passage of a law that would allocate a P29-billion transition fund to support college teachers to be affected by the implementation of the K to 12 program. (Continue reading)

December 17, 2014 - President Aquino partied with allies in the House of Representatives just hours after Congress passed the P22.47-billion supplemental budget for 2014, and 2 days after Congress passed the 2.6-trillion national budget for 2015. (Continue reading)

December 15, 2014 - Congress has approved the proposed P2.6 trillion national budget for 2015 - the year when politicians start preparing for the 2016 presidential elections. (Continue reading)

October 29, 2014 - The House of Representatives is expected to approve today the P2.6 trillion proposed national budget for 2015 on 3rd reading. (Continue reading)

June 10, 2015 - This graphic compares health expenditure as a percentage of GDP among ASEAN countries. Read how the Philippines' poorest cling to hospital deathbeds at the Philippine Orthopedic Center, which is set to be privatized. (Continue reading)

July 22, 2014 - Doctors and healthcare specialists declared today a workforce crisis, which, they said, threatens the lives of millions of Filipinos, especially the poor. (Continue reading)

June 9, 2014 - A Palace official on Monday fended of accusations that the government has not poured enough resources to education. "Education has taken the biggest portion of the budget every year—year-in, year-out," Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said. (Continue reading)

April 7, 2014 - A Palace official denied that public health services are being privatized, clarifying that only a small proportion of services will be offered for private use. This, amid reports that government is trying to privatize 70 to 100 government hospitals across the country. ''It is not privatization. We are... This is part of the governance reform with respect to public health,'' Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said. (Continue reading)

July 19, 2013 - Six departments – Education, Public Works and Highways, Interior and Local Government, Defense, Health and Agriculture – will get the biggest allocations in the proposed P2.268-trillion budget for 2014. (Continue reading)

July 10, 2012 - The Aquino administration is proposing a P2.006 trillion budget for fiscal year 2013, or 10.5 percent or about P190 billion higher than last year’s budget. Social services still take up the biggest portion of the budget. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said 34.8 percent or P698.4 billion of the proposed budget has been allotted for social service delivery agencies such as the Department of Education, the DSWD and the Department of Health. (Continue reading)

June 5, 2012 - The House-approved budget for 2012 is P238.8 billion, including P2.4 billion for kinder. For 2016, the introduction of grade 11 (HS year 5) has a preliminary estimated cost of P38 billion, assuming all costs are borne by the government (Medium-Term Spending Plan for Basic Education, 2011). DepEd is targeting to involve other stakeholders to generate additional financial resources. (Continue Reading)

Aquino bares plans to improve RP healthcare (, October 18, 2010)


President Benigno S. Aquino III announced that the Department of Health’s budget will be increased in next year’s General Appropriation Act to ensure that more Filipinos will be provided greater access to healthcare.

In his speech keynoting the joint opening of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS) and the Philippine Societies of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (PSO-HNS) conventions at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pasig City on Sunday, the Chief Executive said the 13.6 percent increase in the DoH’s 2011 budget would be used to increase the coverage of Philhealth “to five million families in three years or less.”

“In the area of healthcare, there is much more that needs to be done, but here is what we have done so far: We have increased the budget of the Department of Health by 13.6 percent next year. Much of that money will go to public health centers,” the President said. (Continue reading)