Did all DAP projects push through?
MANILA - Questions have been raised on whether projects that were supposed to be funded by the disbursement acceleration program (DAP) pushed through. If not, deferred projects may have defeated DAP’s stated purpose: to spur public spending in light of the global economic downturn.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said funds that were unused would revert back to government coffers but said he would still have to verify with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) if there were projects that were not implemented.
Lacierda was asked if the planned railway rehabilitation using DAP funds proceeded.
According to an October 12, 2011 press release of the Department of Budget and Management, P4.5 billion has been provided “for the purchase of additional train cars” for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and P1.87 billion for the rehabilitation of LRT Lines 1 and 2.
Lacierda was asked if new train cars were indeed acquired.
“We will verify that kung natuloy ‘yung mga projects na ‘yun,” Lacierda said.
“We have to make sure that we still follow the rules. So kung anong mga proyekto ang natuloy, malalaman naman natin, ilalabas ng DBM kung ano ang mga hindi natuloy.”
“Normally d’yan, ‘pag hindi nagagamit ‘yan, bumabalik… May reasons ‘yan for not pursuing it. Kung hindi natuloy ‘yun, bumabalik ang pera.”
“There was an expectation that we will able to do that but it didn’t turn out that way.”