LP eyes improved pork barrel disbursement rules

July 3, 2010 9:02 pm 

MANILA, July 3 — The ruling Liberal Party (LP) is planning to propose new mechanisms for implementation by the House of Representatives to improve disbursement and use of the priority development assistance funds (PDAF) or pork barrel.

LP vice president and former House legislator Nereus Acosta said this is in line with the new administration's bid to promote transparency, accountability and rational resource use in government.

"There must be parameters so authorities know where and how the funds are spent," he said on the side of the Kapihan sa Sulo forum in Quezon City Saturday.

LP's target mechanisms also aim to help ensure PDAF-backed initiatives are aligned with the administration's development goals.

Acosta said the LP is already studying the matter since it hopes to begin proposing as soon as possible mechanisms aimed at maximizing public benefit from PDAF.

The government releases PDAF to legislators so they can use this for their respective development initiatives.

Over the years, however, reports on alleged PDAF misuse and non-use raised calls for discontinuing such practice.

Acosta clarified there are already rules governing disbursement and use of PDAF.

"Many of such rules are actually gray areas so we're looking into these, however," he said.

He noted these gray areas include the definition of soft and hard projects.

"We must define these clearly," he said.

Acosta clarified LP's proposed PDAF mechanisms need not be enacted into law at once.

These must be integrated into the House's rules for compliance by all legislators, however, he noted. (PNA)

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