Around 1,058 scholars in the second district of Negros Oriental are affected by the controversy surrounding the Priority Development Assistance Fund.
Rep. George Arnaiz (Neg. Or., 2 nd District) said the fate of the scholars depends on the decision of the Supreme Court that scheduled a hearing Oct. 8 on the PDAF, or the pork barrel, of congressmen and senators.
The district scholars are enrolled in the four campuses of the Negros Oriental State University in Mabinay, Pamplona, Bais and the main campus in Dumaguete City.
Meanwhile, Arnaiz said he has started saying no to dialysis patients who come to his office or house for help because of the lack of medical assistance fund. He said that, with his personal money, he can only do so much.
He said that, starting 2014, the PDAF will be distributed to government departments as maintenance and other operating expenses, or as capital outlay for infrastructure projects like farm-to-market roads, multi-purpose buildings, and the like.
He added that he was surprised to learn of the Disbursement Acceleration Program, or DAP fund, and stressed that when a department has savings, it cannot be used or realigned to other departments without the approval of Congress.
Arnaiz said he is certain that he has not received any amount from the DAP, and stressed that this executive creation out of savings will spark another debate in Congress when it resumes session on October 14.*JG
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