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Homework Part Uno: PDAF at a glance

Last night, I finally found the time to peruse the 24-paged Executive Summary (Part I) report on the PDAF and VILP appropriations drafted by COA that has been making the rounds in the past couple of weeks.

Here’s what I learned and understood.

There are generally two types of Projects: Soft (PDAF – Priority Development Assistance Fund) and Hard (VILP – Various Infrastructure including Local Projects).

Projects: Soft and Hard

Projects eligible for funding under PDAF fall under the following categories:

PDAF. What's it for?

 

The COA report further provides us with a table of the PDAF and VILP appropriations for CYs 2007-2009 (Table 1 in the report); also, it provides us with a breakdown of allocation for Soft and Hard Projects for each legislator (Congressional District and Partylist Representative and Senator). The allocation is shown below. The amounts are in ₱Million. Each Congressional District and Partylist Representative is allocated ₱30M per year for Soft Projects PDAF), while a Senator gets ₱100M for PDAF (see table below).

Appropriations

Given the allocation amounts, I was quite surprised to see that some districts, representatives, and senators were able to release funding more than the amount allocated to each one.

Senators

Releases from Soft Projects (PDAF) of Senators. The red arrow marks the maximum allocated amount for each of the legislators from 2007-2009.

Congressional District and Partylist Representatives

Releases from Soft Projects (PDAF) of Congressional District and Partylist Representatives. The red arrow marks the maximum allocated amount to each of the legislators from 2007-2009.

 

I have yet to look at the longer report by COA that contains more details — how these releases were spent. I also have yet to know how the process works, why and how some legislators were able to use up funding greater than the amount allocated to them.

5 comments on “Homework Part Uno: PDAF at a glance

  1. Kat
    August 21, 2013

    Where can I get a copy of this report? Thanks!

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    • E
      August 24, 2013

      Hi, Kat, if I’m not mistaken I got it from one of the articles either Star/Rappler posted. It has been made public — at least the first part of the audit report. Thanks!

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  4. E, good stuff 🙂

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