LGUs in WV got P1B from DAP
By: Louine Hope Conserva
LOCAL government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas got P1 billion out of the P144 billion released through the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Alfonso Bedonia, Department of Budget and Management (DBM-6) regional director, said the DAP funds were released to the LGUs between 2011 and 2013.
Bedonia said the funds was directly deposited in the bank accounts of the LGUs and were used to subsidize “soft” or social projects.
“These were spent on scholarships, hospital medication of indigent patients and livelihood programs. They were also used to augment the Priority Development Assistance Fund of senators and congressmen as well as to subsidize the funding of the Department of Public Works and Highways,” Bedonia told The Daily Guardian on Air last Saturday.
Did DAP stimulate the economy?
By: Louine Hope Conserva
THE administration of President Benigno Aquino III implemented the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) with the aim of stimulating the Philippine economy through massive public sector spending.
In a list provided by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), some P144.37 billion was released through the DAP to fund a total of 116 projects.
An article published in Manila Standard said that of the 116 projects, at least 20 projects worth P53 billion did not have substantial impact on the economy.
The list revealed that P342 million went to the state-owned People’s Television Network to support its operational requirements, P294 million was used for computer networks for public schools under the Department of Education, P250 million for the construction of library and archives building on the House
What to feed APEC visitors?
By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.
DIPLOMATIC protocols dictate certain food menus and service for delegates to two Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in September and October 2015 in Iloilo City.
But visitors will certainly try Ilonggo cuisine, thus it is imperative that they get the best service restaurants could offer.
Lea Lara, executive director of the Iloilo Business Club (IBC), said they have rolled out trainings on international cuisine, diplomatic protocol and customer service early this year in preparation for the APEC meetings.
“These trainings were conducted with Canada’s LGSP-LED (Local Government Support Program-Local Economic Development) project assistance. As the date (of the ministerial meetings) nears, there will be more trainings,” Lara said.
The trainings were sponsored by the IBC and the Department of Tourism (DOT) in collaboration with the Iloilo Hotel Restaurant and Resort Association (IHRRA).