Batangas parents urge SC to release PDAF for scholars-A A +A
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
MANILA -- Parents of some 3,000 poor students of Batangas State University (BSU) appealed to the Supreme Court on Wednesday to allow the release of priority development assistance fund (PDAF) of a certain congressman to cover expenses for scholarships.
In a letter, Marites de Torres of Tambo village in Lipa City said the scholars of Batangas Representative Mark Llandro Mendoza (fourth district) will suffer from the suspension of PDAF releases for the rest of the year.
Torres, who claims to be the president of the parents association, was hoping that the SC will hear their plea since “at stake here is the future of many young people.”
“The PDAF can no longer be utilized for legitimate projects such as free education for the youth because of the alleged irregularities found in the use of the said fund. And it appears that many students are in danger of losing the opportunity to continue their education,” she said in Filipino.
Signatures of the parents of scholars were attached in the letter, which also thanked Mendoza for giving their children a chance to study for free.
The government has since urged the SC “for humanitarian considerations” to partially lift the stay order to cover the funding of existing scholarships and providing medical assistance to poor patients.
A total of 809,372 indigent patients benefited from the PDAF of 74 members of House of Representatives in the 15th Congress (2010 to 2013), according to the data gathered by the Office of the Solicitor General.
The SC will resolve the legality of PDAF next month. (Sunnex)