MANILA - Senator Nancy Binay is getting impatient with the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) for taking too long to produce the documents she had requested in a bid to further delve into the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
In a letter addressed to Finance committee head, Senator Francis Escudero, Binay said the documents are important to ensure that public funds are spent in accordance with the Constitution and appropriations law.
"Importante po ang mga dokumento na ito upang masagot ang mga katanungang bumabagabag sa ating mga mamamayan. Ang takot po ng taumbayan ay ang paggamit ng DAP sa maling paraan—ang pagpondo sa mga proyekto na basta lamang pinili nang walang masinsinang pagsusuri," she said.
During a Senate hearing last July 24, Binay blasted Budget Secretary Florencio Abad for failing to justify the relevance of the programs funded by the DAP.
She questioned how the projects were chosen, saying they did not seem urgent and that the money could have been used to fund more pressing concerns of the people.
“Karapatan po ng mamamayan na malaman kung saan inilalagak ng pamahalaan ang buwis na pinaghihirapan nila. Sana po, hindi dito magtapos ang ating efforts na malaman ang katotohanan sa likod ng DAP,” she said.
The documents include:
1. Detailed listing of sources of savings amounting to P237 billion used to fund DAP projects and other projects not included in DAP (including, but not limited to, Special Allotment Release Orders [SAROs], Notice of Cash Allocations [NCAs], letters and correspondences between DBM and government agencies relating to public funds withdrawn from and released to a particular government agency);
2. Detailed listing of projects similar to Commission on Elections which are not included in DAP but obtained funding through savings amounting to P93 billion (including, but not limited to, Special Allotment Release Orders [SAROs], Notice of Cash Allocations [NCAs], letters and correspondences between DBM and government agencies relating to public funds withdrawn from and released to a particular government agency);
3. Detailed listing of the amounts approved and released for DAP projects in 2011 (P83.53 billion), 2012 (P58.70 billion) and 2013 (P15.13 billion) as stated I the DBM DAP Frequently Asked Questions posted on DBM’s website. There are discrepancies between the amounts stated in DAP FAQs and list of DAP Projects although both documents were prepared and released by DBM;
4. List of Department of Health projects and researches recommended for funding through DAP;
5. Copy of the research paper on stem cell submitted to DOH which was published internationally.