Dole admits getting P143M DAP funds

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

A TOTAL of P143.33 million in funds was received by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) sourced from the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) from the period of 2012 to 2013.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said they received the said amount, which was vital in the implementation of the agency's numerous programs for the benefit of vulnerable workers and the unemployed.

"Between December 21, 2012 and June 21, 2013, an amount of P143.330 million on top of the Dole regular budget was allocated to the Dole through the DAP concept," said Baldoz.

"We have already submitted accomplishment reports on the funds given to us under the DAP concept. The accomplishment reports contain the names and addresses of the beneficiaries, and in compliance with the requirements of Sec. 93 of the General Appropriations Act of 2013 (Republic Act 10352)," she added.

Baldoz related that P27.217 million of the DAP-sourced funds were used for the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) for the benefit a total of 4,769 poor students and out-of-school youth, particularly those in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Calabarzon, and Northern Mindanao.

Meanwhile, another P11.393 million was used for the Government Internship Program (GIP), which enabled Dole to hire for an average of 20 to 30 days a total of 2,015 new graduates, who were immersed in government work to enable them to gain experience on work in the bureaucracy.

Also, Baldoz said the emergency employment program was allocated some P47 million and was used to pay for wages of 6,542 workers hired under the program in the National Capital Region, and 17,210 workers in Negros Oriental that were displaced or affected by the flash floods in October 2012 for short-term wage employment.

The labor chief also said a total of P44 million was given for the production of Labor Market Information (LMI) infrastructure or Job Search Kiosks, specifically for the purchase of software licenses in additional funds for the Job Search Kiosks prototypes, which will be distributed to 111 local government units and 89 DOLE Regional Offices in October.

Baldoz said the Dole used P13.720 million for the purchase of gadgets or communication devices for 372 Labor Laws Compliance Officers hired under the new Labor Law Compliance System in all regions.

She noted that the Dole had already spent P134.126 million of the DAP funds for a utilization rate of 99 percent, with P7.741 million still being implemented, while another P1.463 million already returned to the National Treasury.

"We have spent the augmentation money as intended… Dole spent the money wisely and judiciously for five programs," said Baldoz. (HDT/Sunnex)

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