The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) revamped its website on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) over the weekend and introduced new “feedback mechanism” feature to enable easier monitoring and reporting on the spending of the PDAF or pork barrel funds.
“We’re keeping pace with an audience that uses the internet as their main information resource. More important, however, is the fact that we’re also giving concerned citizens an interactive online venue where they can give honest feedback on PDAF projects,” Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said.
“The new features are already up and running, [and]we’re continually improving the site post-launch so it better responds to the needs of those who visit it,” Budget Undersecretary Richard Bon Moya said.
According to Moya, people can post comments and questions on projects funded by the PDAF using Facebook accounts, or even post photos or videos that would determine the status of PDAF-supported projects.
Aside from the interactive feedback mechanism, Moya also said that there is also Frequently Asked Questions and step-by-step guides for proper access, usage and knowledge of the website.
Since 2011, the DBM put up the electronic Transparency and Accountability Initiative for Lump Sum Funds (e-Tails) to enhance capabilities of the website in presenting and archiving PDAF records, release, .pdf files, photos and videos among others, as well as the basics of how PDAF works.
“The rationale behind the e-Tails website is to make sure that information on PDAF releases and the projects they support are presented in an accurate and user-friendly platform, so that the public can gain quick access to PDAF information and give feedback on the projects endorsed by legislators,” Moya said.
“[The e-Tails] is also a very well-timed development, given the growing clamor for better transparency and accountability in government, a call that the Aquino administration is responding to by creating spaces for dialogue and public participation in the budget process,” Abad said.
The DBM website of PDAF records can be accessed at http://pdaf.dbm.gov.ph.
KRISTYN NIKA M. LAZO