Sen. Pia Cayetano lists projects funded under DAP
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Pia Cayetano revealed on Tuesday, July 8, her projects that utilized funds from the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Most of the P50 million (around $1.1 million*) for Cayetano's proposed projects in 2013 went to the construction and rehabilitation of school facilities, as well as two projects for cancer patients.
These projects were identified by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) as funded through the DAP.
Half of the 14 projects listed were 100% complete, while one is 95% complete as of July 3, 2014.
Three projects were not implemented, while two have no status yet. One project, the construction of a school building in Bayang, Lanao del Sur, has yet to have a signed memorandum of agreement (MOA) as of October 2013.
Among the projects, the rehabilitation of the University of the Philippines (UP) track oval received the biggest allocation, with P12 million. However, it was not implemented, and the funds were still with UP, said Cayetano.
The rehabilitation of the Philippine Sports Complex track oval received the second biggest allotment, at P10 million; it was fully completed.
|SEN. PIA CAYETANO'S 2013 PROJECTS FUNDED THROUGH DAP|
(as of July 3, 2014)
|1. Rehabilitation of Track Oval||Philippine Sports Complex (formerly ULTRA), Pasig City||10,000,000||A-13-00080, 1/15/13||100% completed|
|2. Rehabilitation of University Track Oval||University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City
|12,000,000||A-13-00081, 1/15/13||Not implemented (Funds still with UP.)|
|3. Renovation/Rehabilitation of existing space in Philippine Children's Medical Center (PCMC) to develop a cancer ward||Philippine Children's Medical Center, Quezon City||3,000,000||A-13-00081, 1/15/13||Not implemented (Funds with PCMC. Bidded twice but failed twice.)|
|4. Construction of one unit (4-classroom) building||Rantian Elementary School, Bayang, Lanao del Sur||3,000,000||SARO-A-13-01025, dated May 28, 2013||As per Mayor Sahroden [Amaptua], MOA for signing once TRO is lifted. (Last update 10/21/13)|
|5. Completion of the Academic Building||Ifugao State University - Lagawe Campus, Lagawe, Ifugao||3,000,000||A-13-00082, 1/15/13||95% completed. Finishing like windows and doors to be installed for completion.|
|6. Construction of 4 classrooms||Antipolo National High School, Antipolo, Rizal||2,500,000||A-13-00085, 1/15/13||no status yet|
|7. Construction of Water System||Nagcarlan, Laguna||2,500,000||A-13-00083, 1/15/13||Not implemented (Funds with DPWH)|
|8. Rehabilitation of Damaged Classrooms||Biñan National High School, Pedro Escueta Elementary School, Malaban Elementary School, Malaban East Elementary School, De La Paz West Elementary School in City of Biñan, Laguna||3,000,000||A-13-00084, 1/15/13||100% completed|
|9. Construction of temporary shelter
for cancer patients
|Southern Philippines Medical Center, Davao City||5,000,000||A-13-00091, 1/15/13||100% completed|
|10. Construction of Multi-Purpose Hall||Gainza, Camarines Sur||1,500,000||A-13-00086, 1/15/13||100% completed|
|11. Construction of two classrooms||Tanjay City Legislated High School, Brgy. 4, Tanjay City, Negros Oriental||1,500,000||A-13-00087, 1/15/13||100% completed|
|12. Construction of School Library||Lapinig Central Elementary School, Lapinig, Northern Samar||1,000,000||A-13-00088, 1/15/13||no status yet|
|13. Construction of 5 Barangay Health Centers||Bgys. Dig-Aguyan, Duka, South Poblacion, San Vicente, and Cabug in Medina, Misamis Oriental||1,500,000||A-13-00090, 1/15/13||100% completed|
|14. Construction of Reading Center||Bgy. Lambagan, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon||500,000||A-13-00089, 1/15/13||100% completed|
Also shared to the media was a copy of a memo, dated August 13, 2012, from Senate President Franklin Drilon.
The memo instructed Cayetano to submit P50 million worth of infrastructure projects that she wishes to be funded in 2012 to Legislative Budget Research and Monitoring Office (LBRMO) director general Yolanda Doblon.
On October 2013, Cayetano and former Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson denied that they requested releases to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under the DAP.
Parts of the DAP, initiated by the Aquino administration in 2011 to address government under-spending and stimulate economic growth, were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on July 1. (TIMELINE: The rise and fall of DAP)
To critics, DAP funds were like congressmen's pork barrel allocations, which were itself declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2013, after its alleged misuse by congressmen.
President Benigno Aquino III maintains that the program was undertaken in good faith and that no funds were misused. (READ: 5 Malacañang arguments defending DAP) – Michael Bueza/Rappler.com
* $1 = P43.55