Burial aid among lawmakers’ items in 2013 PDAF-A A +A
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
LEYTE congressmen included burial assistance in this year’s pork barrel fund, one of the so-called soft projects that cost multi-million pesos.
Department of Budget and Management (DBM) records showed that Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez (1st district, Leyte) spent at least P1 million for burial assistance in Tacloban City on May 15, 2013.
On March 13, at least P10.6 million was released for social services like medical, transportation, education, disaster, among others. Burial assistance for different municipalities also got a share of the pie.
The office of Representative Andres Salvacion (3rd district, San Isidro, Leyte) released P1 million for burial services of indigent families.
Representative Sergio Apostol (2nd district, Leyte) used a big chunk of his P35-million pork barrel for social services. All were released three months before the May 2013 elections.
In the social services category, Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez (Leyte 4th district) spent her PDAF for medical assistance and sports development.
Other than infrastructure projects, Representative Jose Carlos Cari (5th district, Leyte) used a big share of his pork barrel for medical assistance for poor families.
All Leyte lawmakers received P35-million pork barrel this year except Cari, who got an additional P20 million for continuing appropriation.
The Supreme Court earlier ordered to stop the release of PDAF after the news of multi-billion pork barrel scam broke out. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)