No more pork or stricter rules? Up to PNoy to decide
MANILA - Malacañang is considering the possibility of implementing stricter rules on the release of priority development assistance funds (PDAF) so that it will not end up in the hands of non-government organizations.
Speaking to radio dzMM, Budget Secretary Butch Abad said the Palace prefers that pork barrel be released solely to government agencies that will implement the projects.
Abad said President Aquino has already talked to Senate President Franklin Drilon and Speaker Sonny Belmonte about the proposal.
"May mga ahensyang notorious ayon dun sa ulat ng Commission on Audit na dapat di na mabababaan ng pondo o ng PDAF o kung walang paggagamitan dapat ng isara," he told DZMM.
He said another option is to limit the menu of options where lawmakers can allocate their pork barrel funds.
He said that instead of allocating the funds to NGOs or local government units, the funds should just stay with implementing agencies.
The Department of Budget and Management is not releasing pork barrel funds at this time in anticipation that reforms in the use of pork barrel funds will be drawn soon.
He said the President has two options: he can work on setting new policies that will minimize the abuses of the pork barrel or listen to the public clamor and seek the abolition of the pork barrel.