Saturday, September 20, 2014

List of lawmaker-endorsed DAP projects out

From the Website of GPH - Government of the Philippines

List of lawmaker-endorsed DAP projects out

Secretary Abad: Public must scrutinize list to ensure accountability
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced that the list of legislator-nominated projects funded from savings and supported through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) will now be accessible to the public through the DBM’s official web portal for the program. The list—which will be ready within the day—includes information on the projects and their respective endorsers in the House and Senate.

[UPDATE: Access the list here.]

The DAP was launched by the Aquino administration in 2011 to ramp up public spending and boost the country’s economic growth.

“We’re pleased to announce that the list of lawmaker-endorsed projects is now available. The disclosure of this list is well-timed, given that it coincides with the development of the 2015 budget. We’re taking this opportunity to improve budget processes towards efficient spending, and the DBM’s full transparency on the DAP is crucial towards that end,” Secretary of Budget and Management Florencio “Butch” Abad said.

“Although combing through all the projects took some time, we believed that the fidelity of our data could not be compromised in favor of speed. We now urge the Filipino people to scrutinize the list carefully. In this manner, the Aquino administration will be better-positioned to heed the citizens’ call for increased transparency, accountability, and openness in public expenditure,” he added.
In July this year, the Supreme Court ruled that most aspects of the DAP and its implementation were constitutionally sound. Various reports—including that of the World Bank and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)—also cited the program as instrumental to the country’s economic successes in 2011 onwards.

While the DAP played a significant role in the country’s economic development, it also created a direct and positive impact on communities on the ground, primarily through socio-economic initiatives. These were primarily implemented by various government agencies, including the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“DAP allowed us to direct funds towards the DepEd for the construction of school buildings, as well as for the implementation of the Alternative Learning System. These investments in our long-term public education goals will allow us to build a citizenry that is better-educated and primed for employment,” Abad said.

“The spending acceleration program also allowed us to help ARMM communities. Through DAP, we were able to direct funds to DSWD to provide post-disaster aid and protective services for families living in the ARMM,” he added.

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