Senator promises tight scrutiny of 2015 budget

Posted at 07/31/14 12:35 PM

MANILA - Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV promised tight scrutiny in the passage of the 2015 budget in the wake of controversies brought about by the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

"Controversies have taught us to put our budget under the microscope to avoid a repeat of issues such as PDAF and DAP. We also must be on guard against illegal insertions by crooked individuals who may try to pull a fast one," he said.

Aquino said vigilance is key in ensuring that the money will not go to a few.

"We must be vigilant and careful in scrutinizing next year's budget to ensure every centavo of public's money will go to its intended use and not in somebody's pocket," Aquino said.

The administration submitted on Wednesday the proposed P2.606 trillion budget for 2015, which is up 15% from the 2014 budget.

The proposed budget contained, however, lump sum items worth about P501.67 billion.

"These are usually lump sum in nature, as the recipient departments or agencies and/or the specific programs and projects have not yet been identified during budget preparation and legislation,” the Department of Budget and Management said.