Bayan bloated DAP funds, says lawmaker

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House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd on Thursday disputed claims of the militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) that proceeds from the outlawed Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) identified for flood-control projects were not accounted for.

Gonzales noted that contrary to Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes’ allegation that his district utilized P62 million in DAP funds, Mandaluyong City (Metro Manila), which he represents, only spent P28.97 million of such funds.

Further, P3.95 million of the P28.97 million went to flood-control projects.

“I really do not know where Bayan’s information that I identified P62 million for flood- control projects in Mandaluyong City came from. Only projects [that]can be said to be related to flood control [were implemented]: dredging of Buhangin and Maytunas creeks in the amount of P8 million and declogging of canals in 13 barangay in the amount of P9.2 million. But only P3.95 million of the P8 million [was]used for the dredging of the creeks. The P9.2-million funds were not implemented and returned to the Bureau of Treasury,” Gonzales said.

If not for the Supreme Court ruling declaring the DAP unconstitutional, he added, the P62-million DAP funds would have been broken down into: scholarships (P5 million), counterpart for Philhealth premium (P3 million), repair of government facilities such as police jails (P3 million), rehabilitation/maintenance of schools (P8 million), rice subsidy (P5 million) and repair/rehabilitation of roads in different barangay (P20.8 million).

Implementing agencies for the DAP alllocation were the Mandaluyong City local government units.

The allocation was covered by special allotment release order No. G-11-01638 dated November 2, 2011.

But since only P28.977 million was utilized, Gonzales said, the balance of P33.022 million was returned to the Treasury bureau.

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