Bye Bye ‘pork’! Pres. Duterte realigns lawmakers’ P31B infra budget to LGUs

Bye Bye ‘pork’! Pres. Duterte realigns lawmakers’ P31B infra budget to LGUs




Bye bye Pork barrel!!!

According to the Politiko website, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as per the powers granted by the Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act has realigned nearly P31 billion worth of infrastructure projects– which lawmakers had hoped to spend on their pet initiatives– to boost local government units’ (LGUs) capacity to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.


Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea informed Department of Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado in a memorandum dated April 6, 2020 that President Duterte has approved the proposed grant of assistance to LGUs under the recently signed Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

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According to the report obtained by Politiko, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdeafunds will be from the discontinuance of P30.824-billion worth of infrastructure projects which the Department of Budget and Management had classified as “for later release.”

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The Executive Secretary said LGUs will receive one month’s equivalent of their internal revenue allotment (IRA) from the money saved by the government from the discontinued projects.


The DBM had put the release of the P80 billion on hold instead of having President Duterte veto the projects under the 2020 General Appropriations Act. The congressional realignments are widely seen as pork barrel funds.






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Report from Politiko



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