Congress should stop DAP-like initiatives — Romualdez

  • July 6, 2014
  • Written by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
  • Published in Top Stories

CONGRESS should ensure that next year’s P2.6 trillion proposed national budget would comply with the Supreme Court (SC) ruling by disallowing Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP)-like initiatives from Malacañang, House independent minority bloc leader and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez urged yesterday.

Romualdez, a lawyer, said Congress should put some provisions in the 2015 national budget that would prevent the Executive from practicing supposed illegal schemes of using savings to augment budgetary requirements of projects not itemized or funded by Congress under the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

“Congress should take note of the ruling made by the Supreme Court when it outlawed some portions of DAP by putting provisions in the national budget that would silence or bar DAP-like initiatives. We have to guarantee a budget that is free from any abuses by the Palace’s fiscal utilization of government savings,” Romualdez stressed.

He said Congress must took note of the SC ruling which declared unconstitutional the withdrawal of unobligated allotment from implementing agencies, declaration of withdrawn allotments and unreleased appropriations as savings prior to end of fiscal year; cross-border transfers of savings of Executive to augment appropriations of other offices outside the Executive and funding of projects, activities and programs not covered by any appropriation in General Appropriations Act.


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