President BS Aquino’s DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) was recently declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
What could have the 150 billion pesos been used for?
Political blogger Tonyo Cruz shares his thoughts:
PNoy’s P150-billion pork barrel called DAP could have gone to:
Public school teachers currently receives a minimum of P18,500 monthly salary. In response to the long-standing criticism that public school teachers in the Philippines are overworked and underpaid, a bill was filed to increase their salary to P36,000.
MRT (Metro Rail Transit) is the government’s way to decongest the traffic in Metro Manila. It’s cheap and more spacious than riding a jeepney. More coaches would have helped transport more commuters and replace the old, malfunctioning ones.
If the P150 billion was allocated to Metro Manila flood control master plan, we would have already been half way to completely fix Manila’s flooding problem.
The BRT system involves modern buses plying exclusive bus lanes and using specific stations. Crucially, it will not allow buses to veer out of their lane to pick up passengers or jostle with other vehicles.
Allocating the DAP fund would have advanced its implementation.
With China becoming more aggressive in claiming the disputed islands, more patrol boats means we would be less dependent to Uncle Sam.
Local rural banks are now threatened with the entry of large banks into the Philippine countryside. Large number of rural banks are being closed every year.
In 2011, students protested as the budget allocation for state colleges and universities was cut by P146-million.
“We are gradually reducing the subsidy to SUCs to push them toward becoming self-sufficient and financially independent, given their ability to raise their income and to utilize it for their programs and projects”, PNoy explained.