DAP fund used in milk feeding project

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IN an ironic twist, several critics of the much-maligned and outlawed Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) could have implemented a feeding project using DAP funds, reports from the Commission on Audit (COA) showed.

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In an audit report on the National Dairy Authority (NDA), COA noted dubious signatures, faulty monitoring systems and conflicts of interest in the procurement of milk.

State auditors told the NDA to return the unused funds to the Bureau of Treasury as ordered by the Supreme Court.

COA recommended an ini–tial investigation of the “dif–fering signatures of recipients of deliveries.”

The program also allegedly failed to live up to DAP’s goal to be an economic stimulus.

It was meant to distribute for 120 days 200 ml packs of milk to pregnant women, the elderly and students from daycare to Grade 1 in areas identified by legislators.

Based on the status of disbursement of funds of the P229.6-million milk feeding program, DAP critics ACT party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio and former Bayan Muna Rep. Teodoro Casiño are reportedly among those who availed of the funds.

Tinio had two fund allocations amounting to P6 million for the two projects.

No funds were released to the NDA but both projects were started in September last year and marked “ongoing” as of December 2013.

Tinio’s second fund allocation was meant for July 2013 to January 2013.

Meanwhile, former San Juan City (Metro Manila) represen–tative and now Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito was given P4 million for his program that started in February 2013 and completed in April of the same year for 3,772 beneficiaries.

Casiño was allocated P5 million. No funds were released to the NDA and the project was also not started.

This was the same for Gabriela Rep. Emerenciana de Jesus, who was allocated P700,000 and former Kabataan party-list Rep. Raymond Palatino, who was allotted P6 million.

In the case of former Anak–pawis Rep. Rafael Mariano, P2.5 million was released to the NDA but the project was not started.

COA said of the 56 projects proposed by 51 legislators, only 28 were completed.

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