DAP-funded projects to push through – DPWH


The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will go ahead with P5-billion flood control projects funded by the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) despite the Supreme Court ruling that the disbursement program is unconstitutional.

DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said on Saturday the projects included in the agency’s Flood Management Master Plan for Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Laguna Lake will push through.

“Contrary to the published story, we are relentlessly pursuing these projects as planned and on schedule especially at this point in time when the country is bracing for strong typhoons,” Singson said in a statement.

The Supreme Court decision has clouded DPWH’s priority projects whose funds are sourced from the DAP.

Singson had been quoted as saying that the DPWH has no choice but to temporarily suspend the projects until a supplemental budget is passed for them.

He noted that the projects proved effective when Typhoon Glenda battered parts of Metro Manila and neighboring provinces last Wednesday.

“Although some parts of Metro Manila have been inundated, the water level was not as high as the usual floods experienced before,” Singson said.

He said several flood control projects included in the P5-billion fund have been completed.

Among the biggest are two projects involving the Manila Bay seawall costing P211.05 million, six projects for improving the Upper Marikina River system (P222.50 million), the dredging of the Marikina River (P50 million) and the Mangahan Floodway (P100 million) and the construction of slope protection along Cainta and Taytay rivers (P190 million).

There are other projects in various stages of completion, Singson said.

The DPWH is also working with the Laguna Lake Development Authority in building a river control structure at Sta. Maria-Mabitac River and Sta. Cruz-San Pedro-Biñan rivers, a P780-million undertaking that is 92.52 percent complete.


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  1. eltee mulawin on

    >>>DPWH should identify all the projects with amount alllotted and when received the funds from DAP, when it was started and who is the main/subcontractor and supplier of the project????

  2. Ito lang ang Singson na maayos ang ginagawa na involve sa government.Keep up the excellent work Secretary Singson .Clean government is from the top down,not the other way.Some of the media people are useless or crook or both.They keep barking on the wrong tree.Mabuhay President Aquino,6 more years.

  3. Manny F. Reyes on

    In his NEW DEAL to recover from the Great Depression, FDR tried to put more money in the pockets of the people by decreeing a minimum wage, establishing an involuntary pension plan through the Federal Insurance Contribution ACT or Social Security among others. The SCOTUS ruled it unconstitutional as FDR’s actions interfered with free trade and commerce in that government should not in any way restrict private transactions, except to protect property rights.

    The SCOTUS subsequently relented and reversed itself.

    DAP, put simply, is a question of one branch of the government failing to secure the approval of another co-equal branch. Whether it was done imprudently or not, can it not be resolved politically by the branches involved? Can it not be settled “out of the court system” with a hand shake and a gentlemen’s bow not to do it again? Cannot the constituents use their votes to show their displeasure of their leaders in the branches instead of crying “blood, blood, blood” based on nothing but mere suspicion of a criminal wrong doing or political vendetta?

    Is this DAP question so far-reaching and more fundamental to our basic individual rights and privileges than FDR’s NEW DEAL that the Philippine SC had to step in and assert its power of judicial review?
    Just asking, folks.

  4. Manny F. Reyes on

    This is exactly what FDR did in his 1929 Great Depression New Deal that was declared unconstitutional by the SCOTUS. Defy it. FDR got reelected and then replaced all the conservative justices with liberals. As to criminal indictments, none whatsoever. Let us now see what the Philippine version will be.

  5. Why not? DPWH should complete it’s very important projects especially in flood control.