The DAP controversy

dapThe Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) issue got passionately controversial when, on one hand, the Supreme Court (SC) ruled some of the acts and practices by the executive branch on the DAP as unconstitutional and, on the other hand, the executive branch (translated as President Aquino/PNoy) sticking to his belief that his action on the DAP did not violate the law – or so he thinks.

The following were declared by the SC as unconstitutional:

• the withdrawal of unobligated allotments from the implementing agencies, and the declaration of the withdrawn unobligated allotments and unreleased appropriations as savings prior to the end of the fiscal year AND (all caps mine) without complying with the statutory definition of savings contained in the General Appropriations Acts (GAA);
• the cross-border transfers of the savings of the Executive to augment the appropriations of other offices outside the Executive; and
• the funding of projects, activities, and programs that were not covered by any appropriation in the GAA

Those who are against the administration are riding on the opinion of the SC and taking the chance to further put PNoy on the spot by calling for his impeachment. Although this move borders on absurdness and arrogance, since PNoy was just following the footsteps of his predecessors in this regard, which made him thought he was doing the right thing, still everyone has the right to seek grievance.

In the same vein, pro-administration keeps on defending their implementation of the DAP and claiming the benefits the country has received from it.

“By implementing DAP, we wanted to ensure that funds are properly used so that social services and public goods are delivered to the people—especially the poor—as swiftly as possible, and with minimal leakages and wastage,” Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said.

Also, Abad explained that DAP was a spending reform measure for speeding up public expenditure “to catalyze” economic growth.

But, it is in the context of ‘social services’ that I want to give my two cents worth of opinion.

While many may have condemned the way PNoy handled the DAP, my question is: Have the critics ever gone out of their way to question those who have been impacted favorably by the DAP how it was to receive help from government?

Unless the critics do this, they will never learn the alleviation DAP has contributed to the lives of the poor Filipinos.

Ask the families of the sick, the injured and the chronically ill children in hospitals all over the country (especially those assisted by the Kythe Foundation), the fishermen, the farmers, the students, the beneficiaries of the livelihood programs in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, etc.

Perhaps the Department of Social Welfare and Development could elaborate further on how ease, relief and comfort have given hope to the poor in our society.

What I am simply saying is that let us not just look at the negative side of things just because it was declared unconstitutional. DAP is very much unlike the PDAF scam where even the poorest of the poor got ripped off by public servants.

Let us investigate, verify and confirm instead if DAP carries legitimacy and benefits in its existence.

If it does, then for Christ sake, let the opposition, who normally has this holier-than-thou syndrome and identifies themselves as pro-poor, mention it, so there is equality in the treatment of the DAP issue.

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2 comments on “The DAP controversy

  1. penpowersong says:

    I expect Pnoy to again defend the DAP in his SONA, so here’s my comment about the issue…thanks…more power to you!

    Ang SONA Ni Pnoy/28July2014
    Ni Apolinario Villalobos

    Ito na… ito na naman ang SONA ni Pnoy
    Mga makikinig, nakaismid, nagkukuyakoy
    Palagi na lamang ganito ang nangyayari
    Dahil nakakaantok uli, kanyang masasabi.

    Taun-taon, nagwi-wait nito, mga senadora
    Na sa red carpet, animo sila’y nagrarampa
    Pakapalan ng make-up, pataasan ng takong
    Sa paglakad nila, naka-ungos, pangong ilong.

    Ang SONA ni Pnoy, ginagastusan ng malaki –
    Milyones, pero mga kaalyado, “no” ang sabi
    Mga hangal, ‘di na nahiya sa kanilang sarili –
    Sa kapal ng mukha, nawalan na ng identity!

    Inaasahan, say ni Pnoy ay hindi siya kawatan
    Dagdag pa, mga ginawa niya sa buong bayan
    Pero noon pa man ay ‘di na siya pinaniwalaan
    Sampu ng kanyang mga kaalyado at *kabarilan.

    Sasabayan siya ng mga ikakalat na mga rally
    Gagawin ng mga manggagawa’t estudyante
    Ipapamukha kay Pnoy, ang mga pangyayari –
    Mga tunay, hindi kathang-isip, at hindi hinabi.

    Ipapakita ni Pnoy ang galing sa pagtalumpati
    Na bebetsinan ng kanyang matamis na ngiti
    At ang inaasahang hindi makalimutang masabi
    Ay ang panduduro kay Aling Gloria ng mga sisi.

    Inihandang pagkain, halos 1K daw ang halaga
    Ito yong gastos sa bawa’t kakain na bisita nila
    Fried chicken lang daw at ilang mga chicheria
    Payak na paghahanda lang daw ayon sa kanila.

    Ang kongreso ay binihisan din ng panibago kuno
    May bagong kulay, pati mga aircon units ay bago
    Mga kung anu-ano pang kaitsengan ang dinisenyo
    Kung susumahin, kinita kaya ng ilan ay…magkano?

    Sabi ni Juan, puro salita…ampaw at walang laman
    Yan ang SONA na darating ay dapat nang asahan
    SONA na dapat sana ay isang magandang balitaan
    Subali’t inabuso’t ginamit para sa mga kayabangan.

    Ang inaasahang marinig, ni isang kataga, ‘di masambit
    Sa baya’y nagpapagalit, sa damdami’y nagpapangitngit
    Akala ng Pilipino, kaunlaran sa bayan ay kanyang bitbit
    Wala pala, dahil si Pnoy ay “presidenteng hinog sa pilit”.

    Kaya sa SONAng darating, ihanda ang tenga sa paninisi
    Kung may marinig na nakakahayblad, just take it easy
    Dahil alam na rin nating lahat kung ano ang mangyayari
    Makinig at palusutin sa tenga, mga ampaw na masasabi!

    Asahan pa rin sa SONA, nakakabinging mga palakpakan
    At mga hiyawan ng kanyang mga classmates at kaibigan
    Siguradong mayroong magta-thumbs up at magsisipulan
    At yong mga sagad sa butong sipsip, ay baka mag-iyakan.

    Thank you…thank you, mula kay Pnoy ay yan ang isasagot
    Sa mga taong papalakpak sa talumpati niyang nakakabagot
    Pero sa Pilipinong ang buhay, hirap at gutom ang nakabalot
    Ang ilang oras niyang pagpapapogi ay mistulang bangungot!

    Mabuhay ang Pilipino!
    Kahi’t gutom, pinipilit tumayo
    Mabuhay ang Pilipino!
    Ayaw nang yumuko sa mga manloloko!

    • quierosaber says:

      Thanks. Nice! One disgusting sight about the whole affair is the appearance of the red carpet which is capitalized more for fashion show and watched by many Filipinos. Puking occurrence. Anyhow, the last stanza is a fitting ending!

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