Thinking Pinoy Explains How Arroyo, Aquino & Duterte Prioritized Sports Funding

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Veteran blogger and prominent political analyst on social media Thinking Pinoy explains and presented concrete data on how the national government prioritized sports funding throughout the years under the previous administration of Arroyo, Aquino and the incumbent President Rody Duterte. 

Thinking Pinoy answered a question first regarding the increas of budget in the Philippines for the past few years, particularly the increase in budget of the government agency in-charge of sports activities, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). 

RJ Nieto or more popularly known as Thinking Pinoy stated that although it is correct that the PSC budget really increased for the past few years, but absolute funding may not be enough to show how much the government prioritized Philippine Sports Commission funding. 

TP presented a chart showing the total government funding for sports through annual budget appropriations for the PSC which also includes the National Sports Development Fund. 

The Philippines hosted the Southeast Asian Games in 2019, so TP created another chart that excludes that year so we can have a more reasonable comparison. 

Read the Complete Statement of Thinking Pinoy:


Question: “Lumalaki ang budget ng Pilipinas as years pass so PSC funding will really increase, right?”

Answer: That is correct, that is why absolute funding figures may not be enough to show how much the government prioritized Philippine Sports Commission funding. To remedy this issue, let’s express PSC funding as a percentage of the total national budget since 2008.

Here’s how it goes.

The first chart (top-left) below shows total government funding for sports through annual budget appropriations for the Philippine Sports Commission (including the National Sports Development Fund / NSDF).

Since we hosted the Southeast Asian Games in 2019, we can say that 2019 funding is an outlier, so I created another chart (top-right) that excludes that year so we can have a more reasonable comparison.

Now, the third chart (bottom-left) shows PSC funding as a percentage of the total national budget, while the fourth chart (bottom-right) excludes the outlier 2019.

In as far as the PSC budget as a percentage of the total National Budget, data shows the following:

1. For national budgets passed during the last 3 years of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s term, PSC is given, on the average 0.020% of the total national budget.

2. The same figure dipped to an average of 0.011% during the first 3 years of President Noynoy Aquino’s term, or 45% lower compared to PGMA’s last 3 years.

3. The figure dipped even further to an average of 0.009% during the last 3 years of PNOY, or 22% lower than the first half of his administration.

4. The figure rose to an average of 0.048% during the first 3 years of President Rody Duterte, albeit due to the budget needed to host the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

5. In the past two years (2020 and 2021), the PSC’s share in the National Budget is at 0.026%, a 197% increase compared to the the average during PNOY’s final 3 years in office.

6. PNOY, on the average, allocated 0.010% of the National Budget to PSC throughout his term, while PRRD allocated 0.048%, or an increase of 385% percent compared to budgets passed during the PNOY Administration.

7. Even if we exclude the outlier data point for 2019 (SEA Games), the Duterte Administration has, on the average, allocated 0.017% of the National Budget to PSC, or 93% more that the PSC’s average allocation during PNOY.

Here’s the processed dataset:


Year / Passed Under / PSC Budget / National Budget / Percentage of PSC in Nat’l Budget

NOTE: “T” means trillion, all amounts in Philippine Pesos

2008 PGMA 267,054,000.00 1.227T 0.022%

2009 PGMA 253,948,000.00 1.414T 0.018%

2010 PGMA 319,188,000.00 1.540T 0.021%

2011 PNOY 172,587,000.00 1.645T 0.010%

2012 PNOY 218,857,860.00 1.816T 0.012%

2013 PNOY 218,546,988.00 2.006T 0.011%

2014 PNOY 215,838,588.00 2.264T 0.010%

2015 PNOY 227,852,813.00 2.606T 0.009%

2016 PNOY 238,175,996.00 3.001T 0.008%

2017 PRRD 262,890,092.00 3.350T 0.008%

2018 PRRD 249,243,666.00 3.324T 0.007%

2019 PRRD 6,365,708,269.00 3.662T 0.174%

2020 PRRD 944,964,000.00 4.100T 0.023%

2021 PRRD 1,303,592,000.00 4.506T 0.029%

Figures for the PSC Budget from 2008 to 2019 were based on the Commission on Audit’s Annual Audit Report on the Philippine Sports Commission, while those for 2020 and 2021 are from their corresponding General Appropriations Acts, as uploaded by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Figures for the annual total National Budget from 2014 to 2021 were taken from DBM, 2013 from the Senate, 2010 to 2012 from the Official Gazette, and 2008 to 2009 from GMA News.

Links to these sources can be found at the end of this post.



1. For 2008: GMA News. (Update) Arroyo signs into law P1.227-T 2008 national budget. 11 Mar 2008.

2. For 2009: GMA News. President Arroyo signs into law P1.4-T budget for 2009. 13 Mar 2009.

3. For 2010: Reuters. Philippines’ Arroyo signs law on 2010 spending budget. 09 Feb 2010.

4. For 2011: Official Gazette. 2011 Reform Budget signed into law by President Aquino. 27 December 2010.

5. For 2012: Official Gazette: President Aquino approves P1.816 trillion proposed budget for 2012. 30 Jun 2011.

6. For 2013: Senate LBRMO. March 2013.

7. For 2014: 2014 DBM Annual Report.

8. For 2015: 2015 DBM Annual Report.

9. For 2016 and 2017: 2017 DBM Annual Report.

10. For 2018 and 2019: DBM. 2019 People’s Budget Quick Glance.

11. For 2020: DBM. PRRD signs the P4.506 Trillion National Budget for FY 2021.

12. For 2021: DBM. 2021 People’s Budget at a Glance.


13. For 2008 and 2009: PSC’s COA 2009 Annual Audit.

14. For 2010 and 2011: PSC’s COA 2011 Annual Audit.

15. For 2012 and 2013: PSC’s COA 2013 Annual Audit.

16. For 2014 and 2015: PSC’s COA 2015 Annual Audit.

17. For 2016 and 2017: PSC’s COA 2017 Annual Audit.

18. For 2018 and 2019: PSC’s COA 2019 Annual Audit.

19. For 2020: 2020 General Appropriations Act.

20. For 2021: 2021 General Appropriations Act. See Less

Source: Thinking Pinoy FB Page

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