• Rizal Park ‘facelift’ uses P207-M DAP fund

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    SOME P207 million from the outlawed Disbursement Acce–leration Program (DAP) was used in the renovation and physical improvement of Rizal Park, a briefer from the House of Representatives revealed.

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    The same document justified the spending by saying that the project paved the way for the revitalization of Rizal Park, as a national public place with improved visual quality, better sense of security and ease of access through Ro- xas Boulevard.

    It added that it provided better pedestrian experience and opening of vistas creating an unobstructed view of the park’s major features,” the briefer made by the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department of the House of Representatives read.

    Among those that received the makeover was the famed monument of national hero Jose Rizal and virtually all the sur–rounding areas of the park, under the project dubbed “Kilometer Zero-National Monument Hard–scape and Softscape.”

    The paper claimed it made a grand presentation of the national monument and restored the independence flagpole to its original height and reassert its importance in Philippine history.

    “The redeveloped Rizal Mo–nument area, improved pave–ments and opened new access to the park resulting to influx of park visitors and satisfied park ex–perience,” it added.

    As of June 2014, 97.5 percent of the project has been completed.

    The Supreme Court declared DAP illegal on July 1 because it allowed the Executive De–partment to realign the unused budget of agencies from slow moving projects to the priority projects of the Aquino ad–ministration, thus usurping Congress’ sole authority to appropriate.

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