Just sharing stuff…
With all these talks about the Pork, I got more and more curious about the Budget ng Bayan, in general; because somehow, I realised that I didn’t really know much about it. For example, how is it distributed across sectors? Across regions? How about expenses classes? What percentage of the entire budget is allocated to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), among others?
Using the 2013 *Proposed* Budget data I got here (DBM website), one of the things I learned was that
Additional Comment (09 Sept 2013): The write-up was initially intended to discuss the National Budget as it is — without assuming misuse or misallocations or whatnot. Now, in relation to the exposé of the misuse of the PDAF, this finding does not, in any way, mean that since it is “only” 1% that we should already turn a blind eye. Whether it is 0.1%, 1%, or 10%, if it can be proven that the money of the people have been misused, the guilty entities should be sanctioned. In fact, what scares me more is the idea that if our legislators have used the PDAF fraudulently, what would have kept them from doing the same with the rest of the 99%? Clearly, there is much else that the public should also keep their eyes on.
Again, the visualization depicted here is from the 2013 *proposed* national budget dataset, which hopefully does not deviate much from the 2013 approved one. Here, the budget allocations are classified into two categories: (1) by Department (dark-sea-green bars and bubbles) and (2) Special Purpose Fund (orange-red bars and bubbles).
P.S. Feel free to verify the trends and give me a shout-out in the comments section if and when you find significant errors and/or inconsistencies.
P.P.S. I only used the 2013 *proposed* national budget because that’s the first dataset I stumbled upon. This is only a self-study so please understand.