7 in 10 Pinoys did not benefit from PDAF: SWS

By Helen Flores, The Philippine Star

Posted at Oct 23 2013 10:23 AM | Updated as of Oct 23 2013 06:23 PM

MANILA - Nearly seven in 10 Filipinos said their communities did not benefit from the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or congressional pork barrel, according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released yesterday.

The SWS poll, which was taken from Sept. 20 to 23, found that 67 percent of Filipinos believed their communities did not benefit from PDAF-funded projects, against the 32 percent who said otherwise.

More than half (54 percent) of Filipinos think their representatives in Congress did not gain financially from PDAF-funded projects, while 32 percent said funds were likely pocketed.

Sixty percent of respondents said “a lot” of funds had been wasted due to corruption, with the proportion highest in Metro Manila (72 percent) followed by balance Luzon (61 percent), Mindanao (57 percent) and the Visayas (54 percent).

A Pulse Asia survey released last Monday also found that 77 percent of Filipinos believed that at least half of the budget of lawmakers for projects went to corruption.

Some civil society groups are calling for the abolition of the pork barrel following reports of alleged misuse of the funds by some lawmakers.

The SWS third quarter survey, which was published in the newspaper BusinessWorld yesterday, used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 Filipino adults nationwide.