Bernadette D. Nicolas

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Bernadette Nicolas is covering the Department of Finance and the Department of Budget and Management for the BusinessMirror. Before this, she covered the Office of the President. She is currently taking her master's degree in Journalism at Ateneo de Manila University. She earned her Journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas in 2014.

DBM defends budget cuts on DOH’s key programs

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) defended the budget cuts in several programs of the Department of Health (DOH) under the proposed P5.268 trillion 2023 national budget, saying the national government is in a “tight fiscal position” and they needed to prioritize programs and projects based on available budget. 

BOC: Subic staff good guys, after all

SIX public servants tagged as involved in “the possible smuggling of 7,021 metric tons of sugar from Thailand at the Subic Port in Zambales” were reinstated after their boss at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said the agency found no irregularities in their processing of sugar shipments.

PS-DBM suspends bids for all non-CSE items

THE new management of the embattled Procurement Service-Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) suspended its procurement of non-common use supplies and equipment “until further notice,” more than a week after the issue of its procurement of supposedly “pricey” and “outdated” laptops for public school teachers arose.


Better loan access to farmers: Agri-Agra bill lapses into law

Under the new law, all banking institutions, whether government or private, except newly established banks must, for a period of five years from the date of commencement of the banks’ operations, set aside a credit quota, or a minimum mandatory agricultural and fisheries financing requirement of at least 25 percent of their total loanable funds.