House to keep 'PNoy's pork' in 2014 budget

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News
September 9, 2013

MANILA – The House of Representatives will pass the proposed 2014 national
budget with the alleged presidential pork barrel funds intact.

This, despite the move of lawmakers to re-channel the P25.24 billion in
priority development assistance funds (PDAF) to executive agencies to
implement various infrastructure and social services projects in education
and health.

The Appropriations panel will meet in executive session Tuesday on its
committee report which will govern the plenary deliberations on the budget
next week.

Committee Chair Isidro Ungab justified the decision to keep the
presidential lump sums.

“There are valid explanations for lump sums of the Office of the President.
We will take this up tomorrow,” he said.

Insofar as the pork barrel of lawmakers are concerned, Bayan Muna Rep. Neri
Colmenares said there are only 3 options: delete the lump sum of P25.24
billion, return the budget to the President or itemize it.

“Decided na kami sa PDAF nang congressman. Tatanggalin na yung sa OP. Lump
sum can be very well explained like calamity fund, kailangan lump sum. You
don’t know when typhoons, calamities will come. Contingency fund lots of
problems na foresee. Problem in Syria we… maybe evacuating. It’s a
standby fund. No, we will not touch it. Pag di nagagamit babalik sa
savings, sa general fund.”

Former National Treasurer Liling Briones previously identified some 1
trillion pesos in lump sums under President Aquino’s control in the 2014
budget. The amount includes special purpose funds like the calamity and
contingency funds, unprogrammed funds and debt servicing funds.

Unprogrammed funds are only disbursed should certain government projects
hit their revenue targets.

Budgetary support to gov’t corporations 45.7 billion pesos

allocation to LGUs 19.7 billion pesos

Calamity fund 7.5 billion pesos

Contingent fund 1 billion pesos

Department of Education School Bldg Program 1 billion pesos

E-gov’t fund 2.479 billion pesos

Int’lcommitments fund 4.8 billion pesos

Miscellaneous personnel benefits fund 80.7 billion pesos

Pension and gratuity fund 120.5 billion pesos

PDAF 25.420 billion pesos

feasibility studies fund 400 million pesos

total: 310.047 billion pesos

Unprogrammed fund:

Budgetary support to GOCCs 36.268 million pesos

support to foreign assisted projects 16.124 billion pesos

general fund adjustments 1 billion pesos

Support for infra projects and social programs 56.349 billion pesos

AFP modernization program 10.349 billion pesos

debt management program 10.894 billion pesos

Risk management program 30 billion pesos

People’s survival fund 500 million pesos

TOTAL: 139.904 billion pesos

(Figures are from former National Treasurer Leonor Briones of Social
Watch).

Briones also lists debt servicing (P352 billion) and internal revenue
allotment (P341.5 billion)

Interest payments for debt service: P352.7 Billion

Net lending: P24.9 billion

Internal revenue allotment: P341.5 billion

Employees’ retirement and life insurance premiums: P28.9 billion

Special accounts in the general fund: P21.1 billion

Tax expenditures: P26.9 billion
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Ph 796.0 billion

The National Expenditure Program proposes “a total of Ph 2.268 trillion”
composed of:

New General Appropriations of Ph 1,611,874,584

Automatic Appropriations Ph 796,029,175

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Total Available Appropriations Ph 2,407,903,759

Less: Unprogrammed Funds Ph 139,903,759
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Total Expenditure Program Ph 2,268,000.000

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