Aquino govt won’t leave any district behind, vows continuing project allocations

March 17, 2012 1:06 am 

MANILA, March 16 — The Aquino administration will continue to fund projects even in districts represented by the members of the opposition contrary to allegations that the Palace withholds or delays fund releases to congressmen critical of the present government.

Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press conference on Friday in Malacanang that the President’s policy was not to leave any district behind with regards to project implementation and pour money even to members of the opposition.

Aside from legislating, Valte said that the job of the members of Congress was to identify possible projects in their districts so that the budget department could fund them.

Valte assured that the present administration would always release the necessary allocations to a district even if its congressional leaders were members of the minority.

“Ang policy po talaga ng Pangulong Aquino ay wala hong maiiwan na distrito pagdating po sa mga proyekto,” she said.

Valte also released a list of opposition congressmen who received their allocations for their respective projects. Among them include Rep. Dato Arroyo (second district Camarines Sur), P218 million Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) projects and P51 million Department of Health (DOH) projects; Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, (Pampanga second district), P22 million DPWH projects, P65.5 million DOH projects;

Rep. Marc Douglas Cagas, (first district Davao del Sur), P198 million DPWH projects; Rep. Mitos Magsaysay (Zambales first district) P18.3 million DPWH projects, P22.5 million DOH projects, and P9 million National Electrification Administration (NEA) projects; Rep. Augusto Syjuco, (second district Iloilo), P39.5 million DPWH projects, P46 million DOH projects, P3.5 million NEA projects and P251 million Department of Agriculture (DA) projects; Rep. Danilo Suarez, (third district Quezon) P136 million DPWH projects, P56.3 million DOH projects; Rep. Tobias Tiangco (Navotas) P105 million DPWH projects; and Rep. Jesus Crispin Remulla (seventh district Cavite) P4 million DA projects.

The Palace released the list to dispel allegations that the administration does not finance the districts whose representatives belong to the minority, Valte said. (PNA)

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