Noy retains Binay's P200-M 'pork'

Posted at 09/03/12 9:07 AM

MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino has retained Vice President Jejomar Binay’s P200-million pork barrel allocation in the P2-trillion national budget for 2013.

In a report to the House appropriations committee, the Office of the Vice President (OVP) said its P416.6-million budget for next year “includes the priority development assistance fund of the vice president amounting to P200 million.”

It said the fund is to be used “for the implementation of priority programs and projects of the vice president.”

The P200 million is originally Aquino’s allocation when he was a senator. The President gave it to Binay after they won in 2010.

Binay is the only vice president allocated an annual pork barrel fund.

Even Noli de Castro, who had such fund when he was a senator, did not have it when he was elected vice president.

Aside from his pork barrel fund, Binay has P85 million for “subsidies and donations.”

According to the OVP report, Binay’s travel budget for 2013 would go up by P4 million owing to his increasing local trips.

“The VP has to attend to his ceremonial functions, visits/meetings and invitations by LGUs (local government units) and NGOs (non-government organizations) to enable him to have a better and clearer picture of their problems and reach a bigger segment of constituents,” it said.

The 2013 OVP budget also includes “P3,750,000 under capital outlays for the purchase of motor vehicles for the official use of the vice president.”

The report states that Binay would use his budget to be “an active and full-fledged partner of the President in national governance and leading the country to a sure and steady march towards lasting progress.”