Just sharing stuff…
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 eligible for funding under PDAF fall under the following categories:
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).
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.
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.