DBM: Palace gives green light to bid 2015 projects

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said Monday that Malacanang has already given the green light to various government agencies to start the bidding for projects that will be funded by the P2.606-trillion proposed national budget for 2015.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, during the start of committee on appropriations budget deliberations, said the move would ensure a policy of "zero savings" in government following controversies generated by the implementation of controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

"Ang intensyon namin dito ay hindi magkaroon ng savings. Ang intensiyon ng pamahalaan ay matiyak na maipapatupad 'yung budget na na-approved ng Congress… 'yun ang aming gusto kaya nga binigyan na ng mandato ang mga ahensya na ngayon palang August na ito u-umpisahan na ang procurement (sa projects). Para sa ganoon sa umpisa ng susunod na taon (ay) short of awarding na lamang (ng contracts)," Abad said.


Abad noted that in the past, the implementation of some projects faced problems because of the late awarding of the contracts.

"Di 'yun (katulad) ng mga nakaraang taon, minsan kalagitnaan ng taon nagre-release ng awarding," the Cabinet secretary said.

Abad said they gave inputs to Congress about savings in aid of legislation, following legal issues on its utilization steaming from the Supreme Court's declaration of key provisions of DAP as unconstitutional.

"Ito (savings) ay panukala ng Executive sa Congress. Nasa kamay ng Kongreso kung papaano ayusin 'yung definition. Ngayon nakalagay sa Saligang Batas na ang Kongreso ang magde-define. Kami ang nakaka-alam kung papaano ang implementasyon [ng budget] kaya nagbibigay kami sa Kongreso ng inputs para sa ganoon alam nila 'yung mga ginagawa [ng agencies]," said Abad.

The SC ruling on DAP has outlawed "the withdrawal of unobligated allotment from implementing agencies and declaration of withdrawn allotments and unreleased ?appropriations as savings prior to the end of fiscal year; cross-border transfers of savings of Executive to augment appropriations of other offices outside of the Executive and funding of projects, activities and programs not covered by any appropriation in [the 2014] General Appropriations Act (GAA)." (Sunnex)

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