DPWH won't stop flood projects over DAP row

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 22 2014 12:40 PM | Updated as of Jul 22 2014 08:40 PM

 

MANILA - Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson said the Supreme Court's decision on the disbursement acceleration program (DAP) won't stop the agency from implementing its flood control and other infrastructure projects.

Speaking to ANC's Headstart, Singson said the Department of Public Works and Highways pooled its own savings and savings from other agencies to fund its flood control masterplan.

That masterplan was finalized in late 2012.

Singson said rather than wait for next year's budget, he asked President Aquino and the National Economic and Development Authority board to use savings to cover the 5 billion pesos needed for high-priority projects.

He said they might run into delays but they are determined to pursue the projects.

"These are ongoing. I will not stop the flood control projects because I don't think the unconstitutional aspect of the Supreme Court decision refers to projects like this. Hindi naman cross-border ito," he said.

Without the DAP, the DPWH will tap into its quick response fund for typhoon reconstruction.

The fund is allocated in every budget. The DPWH chief said the quick response fund this year is at P600 million and that the department is asking for P800 million next year.