NGOs to check if they are recipient of pork barrel-A A +A
Friday, August 23, 2013
THE Eastern Visayas network (EVNet) of non-government organizations (NGO) and people’s organizations (PO) will check among its member organizations if they have received pork barrel funds from the region’s congressmen.
However, EVNet executive director Pauline Nayra was quick to say that no NGO affiliated to their group is involved in the P10-billion pork barrel scam.
“We know the names of our organizations and none of them are part of any network involved in the scam. However, we still have to check if they got funding assistance from members of the House of Representatives,” Nayra told Leyte Samar Daily Express.
EVNet targets to complete their information gathering this week. If any group has received aid from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), they will check if it was “used prudently and according to its purpose.”
EVNet has been discouraging member organizations from asking solicitations from politicians. Most of their funding sources come from other network of NGOs and international groups.
The group is a regional network composed of 30 NGOs and POs operating in the islands of Leyte, Samar and Biliran.
The network seeks to contribute to the reduction of poverty and promote sustainable development by strengthening partnerships in Eastern Visayas as well as pool and share resources, expertise and information among its members.
Its areas of engagement include biodiversity conservation and protection, capacity building, regional sustainable development, and social entrepreneurship.
The 14 members of the House of Representatives in Eastern Visayas have received P2.1 billion pork barrel funds from 2010 to 2012, electronic records of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) showed.
The Central Government has poured out a total of P230.85 million (PDAF) to the region’s 14 congressmen in 2010 with most of them receiving P15 million each. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)