Escudero vows to distribute PDAF in his next term

April 5, 2013 10:20 pm 

DAGUPAN CITY, April 5 — Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero pledged to again distribute his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to all municipalities if he wins a second term in the Senate.

Escudero, who was in Dagupan on Thursday, challenged his fellow lawmakers to also do the same and present where they have spent their funds.

If given another chance, I will give to each municipality in the entire province a fund worth P500,000 for the construction, repair, and rehabilitation of school buildings, the senator said.

He said repair and rehabilitation of public schools will be far cheaper than putting new schools, thus stretching the funds to increase the number of classrooms to meet the backlog in school buildings particularly with the additional years of schooling under the K+12 program.

"Furthermore, I will allocate a portion of my PDAF to provide medical assistance to provincial, district, city, and municipal health centers with focus on providing dialysis treatments," he said.

Escudero then cited the dire need of people for an affordable dialysis treatment.

During his current term, the Senator downloaded P500,000 fund to each municipality in the Philippines for the construction, repair, and rehabilitation of public markets.

He also gave out P4,000,000 to each of the regional hospitals of the country.

Escudero also vowed to also prioritize the giving of tertiary level scholarships not only for state universities and colleges (SUCs) but also for private educational institutions.

In a previous report, he has expressed his dismay on the suicide of a University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) student allegedly because she couldn’t pay her tuition.

Meanwhile, the senator cited that it was only during the administration of President Benigno Aquino III that he has received his PDAF.

"Way back during the administration of Pres. Gloria Arroyo, I wasn’t able to receive my PDAF for being an opposition," the senator explained. (PNA)



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