Members of Congress assured to get their PDAF

July 24, 2013 10:23 am 

MANILA, July 23 — The Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of members of Congress is included in the proposed P2.26 trillion General Appropriations Act of 2014, Budget Secretary Butch bad said on Tuesday.

Abad said members of Congress (Senators and Congressmen) can received their PDAF on time because the budget is already included in the 2014 GAA.

“Even Congresswoman Gloria Arroyo who is incarcerated at the Veterans hospital can received her share,” Abad told reporters in a press conference after he had presented to Congress the 2014 budget.

The secretary claimed that this only shows that the government is making the playing field level for all members of Congress to give them a chance to prove their worth to their constituents.

“The usual expenditures of PDAF is health, social services and infrastructure,” Abad pointed out.

Each Senator received P200 million PDAF annually while members of the House of Representatives receive P70 million annually. There are 24 senators while the House have 292 members, including party list representatives.

According to Abad, there will be a uniform projects by members of Congress, meaning there will no longer have soft and hard projects.

Soft projects include financial assistance to local government units for livelihood assistance and social services such as medical assistance.

Hard projects are infrastructures, purchases of textbooks and instructural materials, and equipment among others. (PNA)

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