P80-M allotted to each districts in 2017 budget
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
DAGUPAN CITY- Pangasinan second district Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil said P80 million was allotted to each congressional districts all over the country to fund selected projects and programs of congressmen.
This was bared by Bataoil during an interview with him aired over DWPR Radyo Asenso here last September 16.
He said the allocation is different from the priority development assistance fund (PDAF), which was declared by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional in 2014.
“The P80 million allocation is divided into infrastructure and soft portions like assistance on education and social services to include health, livelihood and trainings. The amount will be administered by the agencies concerned. Example, school buildings will be handled by DPWH and social services by the DSWD. Budget Secretary (Benjamin) Diokno said each congressman could propose projects under the 2017 national budget,” he said.
He further said the projects under the P80 million allocation are pre-identified and these are not meant for the congressmen but for congressional districts.
“The congressmen will pre-identify projects that are considered priorities under the local infrastructure projects (LIP) in coordination with line agencies implementing the projects. We will adhere to model designs of schools, barangay halls, etc. with specific fund ceilings,” he said.
Bataoil also said that the total budget under the 2017 General Appropriations, which is the subject of budget hearings by department, is P3.35 trillion that will prioritize investments, infrastructure, social services and modernization of agriculture.
” The proposed budget is 11% more than the 2016 national budget. The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) wants to construct more school buildings which has an increase of 44%, 4Ps budget has not increased and Philhealth subsidies for the indigents have also increased by 15%,” he said.
He further said the previous administration’s “bottom up budgeting” (BuB) has been abrogated from the 2017 national budget due to obvious reason that it was politicized.
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