SC decision affects purchase of police vehicles for LGUs

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014


LOCAL Government Secretary Mar Roxas said 900 police patrol vehicles can no longer be purchased because of the Supreme Court (SC) decision declaring the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional.

Roxas said the purchase of patrol vehicles was funded by the DAP and is part of the P4.5-billion DAP allocation for the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The DAP funds were meant, among others, to purchase 2,300 single-cab back-to-back 10-seater vehicles for 1,490 municipalities in the country.

Roxas said President Benigno Aquino III ordered an inventory on all projects funded by DAP. Those that have not been implemented yet cannot push through because of the SC decision, he added during the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Luzon Island Cluster Conference yesterday in Cebu City.

Distribution

“The 1,400 patrol vehicles will be distributed with no favoritism. It will be in phasing delivery or by lottery,” Roxas said.

He said P2 billion of the DAP funds for DILG was earmarked for the modernization of the PNP and P2.5 billion was allocated for the Transformational Investment Support Program of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

Roxas thanked the LMP for coming up with newspaper advertisements expressing their support to Aquino and Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad.

Leyte Mayor Leonardo Javier, LMP national president, said Malacañang released funds to cover the shortfall when the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for local government units was reduced in 2012.

Javier did not say if the funds came from DAP or from the Presidential Social Fund.

Funds

The mayor also thanked Aquino for authorizing the release of P6.5 billion for the Equalization Fund for local government units (LGUs) for 2014 and another P12.1 billion for 2015.

He said the Aquino administration will also implement projects under the Grassroot Participatory Budgetary Development Process (GPBDP). “By 2016, our IRA will double over what we received in 2010. On top of that the GPBDP fund will be bigger,” he added.

Roxas denied that the funds for LGUs are meant to ensure victory of administration candidates in the 2016 elections.

Roxas said P20 billion is allocated for 2014 and about P22 billion will be set aside in 2015 under GPBDP, whose projects were identified by the LGUs.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 15, 2014.

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