19 infra projects in Davao shelved: DPWH-A A +A
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
A TOTAL of 19 infrastructure projects undertaken by the regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for 2013 have been shelved following the issuance of a temporary restraining order on the release of the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), popularly known as "pork barrel."
DPWH 11 public information officer Jose Dennis Y. Flores told reporters in an interview yesterday that these PDAF-funded projects are either committed projects or planned projects of senators and congressmen from Davao Region.
He said projects that were put on hold are part of the 49 PDAF-funded projects, amounting to some P246 million, in the region. Implementation of the 30 other projects have been pushed through.
"Most of the projects that were affected by the freezing of the PDAF have been identified, but these do not have an exact budget and have not progressed for full planning," Flores said.
He said the other 30 projects that were ongoing before the issuance of the TRO were not affected since the budget for these have already been allotted.
Flores said in Davao City there are a total of nine PDAF-funded projects with estimated cost of 21.9 million. Six have been shelved while the implementation of the three other projects have been pushed through.
The three projects that were not affected by PDAF are the P3 million rehabilitation of drainage in Sasa, a P200,000 construction of a multipurpose building of the Davao City Agriculture Office in Lasang, and P1 million upgrading of the barangay road in Ilang. All of these projects are funded through the PDAF of 2nd Districtr Rep. Mylene Garcia-Albano.
3rd District Rep. Isidro T. Ungab's barangay road upgrades for barangays Tawan-tawan (P1.9 million), Wines (P1.9 million), and Lubugan (P1.9 million) and the construction of multipurpose buildings for barangays Dacudao (P3.5 million), Crossing Bayabas (P5 million), and Tomugan (P3.5 million) were also shelved.
"It is quite unfortunate for Congressman Ungab since his projects were some of the few that were ready for bidding and implementation," Flores said.
He said the shelved projects can be revived, but sources of funds for its implementation will be a problem for the congressman.
The Supreme Court issued a TRO on September 10, 2013 which suspended the release of the 2013 PDAF and Malampaya Fund.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 07, 2013.