The Congressional Planning and Budget Department (CPBD) was created in 1990 as part of the Secretariat of the House of Representatives to serve the technical needs of the House leadership and its members on socioeconomic matters. Its primary mandate is to provide data and analyses on the implications of various policies, issues and other developments in the economic field.
The CPBD has also been at the forefront of proactive socio-economic legislation and policy advocacy working primarily in coordination with the various economic-oriented committees of the House of Representative.
“The Congressional Planning and Budget Department shall
support the leadership and members of the House of Representatives in
their legislative work through proactive research, objective policy
analysis and advocacy of sound socio-economic, fiscal and institutional
reforms. In pursuit of its
mission, the CPBD shall foster a culture of responsiveness,
professionalism and excellence.”
“To be a catalyst of policy and institutional reforms that will promote sustained growth and poverty eradication.”
CPBD carries out its mission by:
in the formulation of the legislative agenda
of the House of Representatives;
the House leadership and members technical information, analyses and
recommendations on important social and economic policy issues;
analyses of impact of legislation, research and in-depth studies on
identified policy issues;
analyses on the Medium Term Economic Development Plan, the annual National
Budget, and other government programs and policy pronouncements;
information deemed important in the conduct of the oversight function of
the House of Representatives; and
technical assistance to the Speaker and House panel to the Legislative
Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) and other interagency
From time to time, CPBD collaborates with institutions such
as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and other academic
establishments to enhance the capability not only of its staff but as well
as those of other House employees.
It also spearheads discussion groups and forums with other
government agencies like the Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
The CPBD is headed by a Director General with the able
assistance of an Executive Director. Directly under their supervision are
three divisions, each headed by a Service Director, namely:
Congressional Economic Planning Service undertakes policy research focused
on macroeconomic policy and competitiveness issues as well as reform
measures in infrastructure, industrial development, trade and investments;
Congressional Budget Service focuses on research and analysis of fiscal
measures, including the macro-economic implications of the government’s
annual budget, proposed revenue measures, public expenditure management,
and governance reforms; and
Projects Service specializes on policy analysis and research on identified
concerns on labor and employment, education, agriculture, environment and
other development issues.
The CPBD has generally well trained officials and technical
staff who are holders of doctorate and masteral degrees in economics,
finance and public administration. A
number came to the CPBD with honors as undergraduates and earned graduate
degrees from reputable schools here and abroad.
CPBD releases several publications each year.
The primary goal of these publications is to inform the officials
and members of the House of Representatives of implications of government
policies and legislation. These
papers also aim to assist the members in their legislative work.
The CPBD Policy Advisory is a regular publication of the
office that aims to provide House members with information and updates on
important and emerging policy concerns.
Macro Analysis of the Budget
This is an annual report which discusses the macroeconomic dimensions of the budget focusing on the level of projected government revenues and expenditures as it relates to fiscal policy and the macroeconomic targets. It also examines national expenditure program in terms of its distribution by region, sector and objects of expenditures, implementing agencies and cost structure.
Macroview are occasional papers by the CPBD.
These are reviews and analyses of macroeconomic data and other
information on the Philippine economy.
Facts in Figures
Facts in Figures is another regular publication which
provides easy reference to trends and statistics on the Philippine