|Congressman Aliping with the Vice Mayors of Cordillera Region.|
The supposed P70 million priority development assistance fund (PDAF) of Baguio Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. has been realigned to six key government agencies with P24.5 million channeled to three major projects next year.
From the P70M PDAF of each Lower House member, 35 percent was allocated to Department of Public Works and Highways while the Department of Social Welfare and Development gets 20 percent.
The Department of Health will get 15 percent and another 15 percent will be given to the Department of Labor and Employment. The Commission on Higher Education will get 10 percent and Department of Education will get five percent.
Aliping, who is a member of the Lower House Committee on Appropriations, said Friday P24.5M has been realigned to the DPWH, which will oversee the construction of three infrastructure projects in Baguio.
He said P14M will be used as initial fund for the major rehabilitation of the Baguio Athletic Bowl oval.
Aliping earlier acknowledged the Athletic Bowl is in a state of disrepair for a decade now.
As the plan will require huge funding, Aliping said the rehabilitation can be done in phases during his three-year term. The solon said the first phase of repair works will concentrate on the oval, which will be converted into tartan tracks.
The solon added another P5M will be allotted for the construction of Crystal Cave Elementary School while P4.3M will be used to build a covered court at West Quirino Hill.
Aliping said the budget allocations for the PDAF funds were already approved by both houses and soon be discussed in bicameral hearing for final approval.
Meanwhile, the calamity-related budget for 2013 was deliberated by the Committee on Appropriations for the proposed extension of the validity and to obligate the unspent PDAF for 2013.
The Senate filed a supplemental budget bill authorizing President Benigno Aquino III to use the unspent P14.6 billion PDAF after the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional.
“In one resolution, the supplemental budget will augment the government funds for the rehabilitation of areas affected by the typhoon and the earthquake,” Aliping said.
Aquino has certified the passage of the bill as urgent.