Binay asks DBM to clarify if P200M fund is pork barrel-A A +A
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
VICE President Jejomar Binay is willing to give up his P200-million social services budget if the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) considers it as pork barrel fund.
"The DBM should say if the amount is considered PDAF (priority development assistance fund). If it is PDAF, then abolish it in keeping with the President's directive," he said Tuesday.
Sought for comment, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad declined to categorize the fund, which Binay said was sourced from the unused PDAF of President Benigno Aquino III during his term as senator.
"The budget is already with Congress. It is Congress who should now decide that issue if it is raised to them," he said in a text message.
Binay said the OVP's social services budget has been audited by the Commission on Audit (COA) and the agency has praised his office on how it disburses the funds, which should be spent for education, health, social protection, infrastructure and/or tourism programs and projects.
The OVP has a proposed budget of P417.29 million for 2014, less than a million pesos higher than this year.
On Monday, Binay urged Filipinos to be more vigilant in making government officials accountable for the use of government funds. He is hoping that those who plundered state coffers will go to jail.
He said the root cause of the people's anger was graft and corruption, and not the issue of the PDAF. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)