Jul 142014
President Benigno Aquino III on Monday defended his administration’s controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program, which he said was used to address underspending and to pay for badly-needed projects like classrooms and rural electrification.

Minutes after Aquino’s speech, the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson released a list of 116 projects that were alloted funds through the DAP.

The allocations include almost P8.3 billion set aside for priority local projects nationwide as requested by lawmakers, local government officials and national agencies; almost 8.6 billion for peace and development intervention in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; and a 6.5 billion in support for local government units affected by the decrease in the internal revenue allotment in 2012.

The list also includes the rehabilitation of both lines of the Light Rail Transit, the upgrade of operating rooms and medical equipment at the Philippine Heart Center, and additional funding for the Philippine National Police modernization program.

He said the government will file a Motion for Reconsideration on the Supreme Court’s ruling that aspects of the DAP were unconstitutional.

List of DAP Projects released by the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson

— JDS/NB, GMA News

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