Militant party-list Bayan Muna is the first to receive ’pork’ this year

The Department of Budget and Management has released P40 million in "pork barrel" funds to Bayan Muna party-list Representative Neri Colmenares, the first member of the House of Representatives to get his share of development funds.

The Department of Budget and Management has released P40 million in "pork barrel" funds to Bayan Muna party-list Representative Neri Colmenares, the first member of the House of Representatives to get his share of development funds.

 

Jess Diaz of the Philippine Star reports the Priority Development Assistance Fund, the proper name for "pork barrel",  was released on January 7. Members of the House of Representatives are allocated P70 million a year to fund programs and projects for their constituents.

 

"Colmenares is the first and only recipient of a PDAF release in 2013, although the P40 million is part of DBM's backlog of disbursements of his P70-million allocation for 2011," the report said.

 

"The projects funded with Colmenares' P40 million include a P1.2-million water system in Barangay Tasilay, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur; a multi-purpose building costing P1.4 million in Barangay San Isidro, South Cotabato; two roads costing P2 million each in Marabut town, Samar; a P1-million farm-to-market road in Barangay Batuan, San Enrique, Negros Occidental; and a P5-million road in Polangui, Albay," the report said.

 

Pork barrel funds have been criticized as a tool for partisan politics, with militant party-list groups complaining of not getting their PDAF allocations during the Arroyo administration.

 

Colmenares and Bayan Muna party-list Representative Teddy Casiño received P124.2 million in pork barrel funds last year.

 

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