The paper presents the 2017 National Expenditure Program (NEP) amounting to P3,350 billion. It provides an analysis on NG’s planned spending by sector, expense class, and region, among others. Part of the analysis traces the departments/agencies and expenditure items that suffered some cuts or that which received hefty increases in support of NG priority programs.
The national government sees the 2017 budget as a tool for equitable progress—i.e., it will focus at improving the welfare of Filipinos especially the poor and marginalized. It seeks to support the investment priorities embodied in the President’s 10-point socio-economic agenda. The sectoral distribution of the 2017 NEP indicates that NG is giving priority to social services (particularly education, health, and social security and welfare) and infrastructure. The 4Ps that implements the conditional cash transfer (CCT) and the health insurance subsidies to PhilHealth have been expanded to cover more indigents. Meanwhile, infrastructure spending which has been growing in recent years is expected to reach 5.4% of the projected GDP.
The National Government spends about less than one-third of the total budget for personal services alone. It annually appropriates for pensions of retired military and uniformed personnel (MUP). This may be difficult to sustain especially with planned increases in salaries for MUP while the pensions continue to be indexed to the salary rates of those in active duty.>>read complete document