‘Public needs to know pork usage’-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
CEBU Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal urged the National Government to educate the public on how legislators would be able to fund projects in their districts.
Vidal reacted to reports that the House of Representatives came up with more stringent policies to prevent misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel.
Under the new policies, legislators can propose three to five infrastructure projects whose costs should not exceed P24.5 million.
In a press conference yesterday, Vidal told reporters that he hopes that the new policy will be well-administered and will be done with good purpose.
He said the public should be made aware on how to check if the pork barrel funds of their congressmen have been used properly.
The prelate expressed concern that the projects needed by the public would not be funded.
Under the new policy on the use of the PDAF, legislators can no longer appropriate funding for “soft projects.”
In the old system, each member of the Lower House would get P40 million a year for infrastructure projects and P30 million for training and social service-based projects, also known as “soft projects.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 02, 2013.