THE Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) on Monday urged lawmakers to use their Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) or pork barrel to fund projects on education and other social services.
“A big amount of the people’s money goes to corruption. This is clearly manifested in the recent pork barrel scam involving Janet Lim Napoles, her fake non-governmental organizations (NGOs), with some senators, congressmen and heads of government agencies. Malacañang is also a party to this anomaly,” Benjie Valbuena, the group’s national chairman, said.
He said that the pork barrel of lawmakers, and even of the President, should have been used to hire more teachers, build classrooms, acquire chairs, textbooks and instructional material, and build water and sanitation facilities.
ACT secretary general France Castro said President Benigno Aquino 3rd should stop pretending to abolish the congressional pork barrel.
“The president is merely proposing a different name for it [pork barrel], and under an itemized system of budgeting under his tighter control. However, it is still a rotten scheme of political patronage,” Castro said.
“President Aquino is defending his far bigger pork allocation but this, too, should be abolished and channeled towards providing for education and genuine social services to the people,” Castro added.
The group also vowed to actively participate in the campaign for the total abolition of the pork barrel system, and for the rechanneling of pork barrel funds to education and other social services.
“ACT will join the multi-sectoral anti-pork barrel mobilization on September 13 in Luneta,” Valbuena said.