MANILA - A group advocating government workers’ rights has urged the Commission on Audit (COA) to look into the sources of the funds used for the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) amid fears this could have been pooled from personnel benefit funds.
In an interview with radio dzMM, Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE) President Ferdinand Gaite said government workers’ benefits may have been sacrificed in exchange for the controversial DAP.
“We don’t just suspect that this happened. We are feeling the effects,” he said.
Based on documents the group has obtained from the Department of Budget and Management and several media reports, around P98 billion of the DAP supposedly came from pooled funds of unfilled government positions, he claimed.
He also said P38 billion came from the pension gratuity fund.
“That is why we are asking the COA to do a special audit on this,” he said.
President Benigno Aquino had defended the DAP amid a Supreme Court ruling declaring unconstitutional some acts under it.
Allies said Aquino may have finally accepted the government will not win a motion for reconsideration amid statements made during his State of the Nation Address (SONA). There, Aquino asked for a supplemental budget to finance the projects stalled because of the ruling from the high court.