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[Statement] Pork Barrel Regime a bane to Filipino workers -NAGKAISA

Pork Barrel Regime a bane to Filipino workers

NAGKAISA! Labor coalition marched from España blvd to Mendiola bridge- File Photo by PhilRights

NAGKAISA! Labor coalition marched from España blvd to Mendiola bridge- File Photo by PhilRights

Official numbers and figures tell no lies—pork barrel, which include the Palace’s Special Purpose Fund (SPF) and Congress’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF)–has reached all-time highs under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III. SPF, which are funds under the discretion of Mr. Aquino, is set to be pegged at more than P400 billion in 2014 and out of that, PDAF will be pegged at P25 billion.

The public coffer is overflowing with money, yet this huge amount of money is spent upon the discretion of whoever sits in Malacanang, with no transparency and direct engagement with the people in determining government projects. Such ill-transparency and fiscal dictatorship is ridiculously upheld through Mr. Aquino’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), a rip off from former dictator Marcos’ decree (PD 1177 of 1977) which seeks to fast track government spending, but again, under the discretion of one person that is the President, making him the chef of quick fry pork.

This has been the system in past administrations, and this, in the eye of Filipino workers, is the legacy of Mr. Aquino—the leader of the current Pork Barrel Regime fueled by the undemocratic spending of our hard-earned money.

With Mr. Aquino defending and upholding the pork barrel system in his nationally televised public address, and with him hitting anti-pork groups, we in Nagkaisa—the biggest labor coalition in the Philippines—join in the people’s call of scrapping ALL forms of pork barrel which, as government records show, is a major source of corruption in government.

We also the demand the filing of criminal cases against all government officials who have benefited, directly or indirectly, from the pork barrel. Justice and law enforcement must know no influence or position, and it must be dispensed without delay. Officials who determine the budget under the current system, such as Budget secretary Florencio Abad, Senate President Franklin Drilon, and House Speaker Sonny Belmonte must also be held accountable for crafting pork-filled budgets.

Instead of a Pork Barrel Regime, we want a government built upon genuine democracy, wherein working Filipinos who automatically pay their taxes are engaged in budgeting and policy making. Such participative budgeting system, in our view, is a major step toward combating corruption.

Finally, we in Nagkaisa demand the government to allocate our money, in the most transparent and democratic way, to social services and real jobs creation especially since the Filipino worker is getting poorer due to contractual labor and small wage.

Scrap all pork! Filipino workers, unite for a democratic, transparent, and accountable government! ###

NAGKAISA is the broadest coalition of labor groups in the Philippines to date composed of labor centers, federations and national unions, which include the Alliance of Filipino Workers (AFW), affiliates of the Associated Labor UnionsTrade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), members of SENTRO, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), Confederation of Independent Unions in the Public Sector (CIU), Federation of Free Workers (FFW), Manggagawa para sa Kalayaan ng Bayan (MAKABAYAN), National Federation of Labor Unions (NAFLU), National Mines and Allied Workers’ Union (NAMAWU), National Confederation of Labor (NCL), Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA), Philippine Government Employees Association (PGEA), Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), Public Services Labor Independent Confederation (PSLINK), Philippine Transport and General Workers Organization (PTGWO), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-Association of Concerned Employees (TESDA-ACE).

NAGKAISA Statement
November 7, 2013

Contact Persons:
Leody De Guzman (BMP) – 09205200672
Joshua Mata (APL) – 09177942431

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[In the news] RH, ‘desaparecidos’ bills now laws President signed without fanfare -INQUIRER.net

RH, ‘desaparecidos’ bills now laws
President signed without fanfare
December 29, 2012

inquirerWithout fanfare, President Benigno Aquino III signed the reproductive health (RH) bill into law last Dec. 21.

It was signed together with the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act.

The highly contentious RH law provides “universal access” to reproductive health services and supplies such as contraceptives.

Unimpeachable administration sources confirmed to the Inquirer late Friday an initial report from House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II that the measure had been signed by Mr. Aquino in Malacañang before the four-day long weekend began, four days after it was passed by both chambers of Congress amid staunch opposition from the Roman Catholic hierarchy and prolife organizations.

The measure is now known as Republic Act No. 10354.

A member of the President’s inner circle, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, however issued an unequivocal confirmation to the Inquirer.

“I think RH has been signed, but I’m not sure when,” said Abad in a text message at 9:17 p.m. on Friday.

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[In the news] Budget office releases over P300 million to upgrade state health facilities | Sun.Star

Budget office releases over P300 million to upgrade state health facilities | Sun.Star.

February 27, 2012

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P306.6 million to the Department of Health (DOH) for the implementation of the Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP).

Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad said the total release, which will be charged against Continuing Appropriations under the 2011 National Budget, will be used to upgrade various hospitals and rural health units (RHUs) across the country.

“This release is aligned with President (Noynoy) Aquino’s goal of preserving the health and well-being of all Filipinos. In improving our public hospitals and rural health centers, we can extend the reach of our healthcare services and offer high-quality medical treatment to those who need it most,” he said.

Of the released funds, P182.7 million will be used for buildings and structure outlay, while P123.9 million will be set aside for expenses related to hospital machinery and equipment.

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[In the news] One-third of P1.8T budget allocated for poverty reduction, social services – InterAksyon.com

One-third of P1.8T budget allocated for poverty reduction, social services
by Chichi Conde, InterAksyon.com
January 1, 2012

 MANILA, Philippines — The Aquino administration has allocated almost a third of this year’s P1.816 trillion budget for poverty reduction and social services.

Budget chief Florencio Abad said P568.6 billion or about 32 percent of thr budget has been allocated to the social services sector.

Abad said this aims to reduce poverty incidence to 16.6 percent and to help the country meet key United Nations Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

“This Administration is investing in programs, activities and projects that have direct, immediate and substantial impact in empowering the poor,” he said.

“Our focus is to provide life vests to those drowning in poverty through targeted social protection packages, and to significantly invest in their education and healthcare,” Abad added.

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[In the news]Aquino regime releases P5B as back payment for poor’s PhilHealth premiums – Interaksyon.com

Aquino regime releases P5B as back payment for poor’s PhilHealth premiums – Interaksyon.com.

Chichi Conde, InterAksyon.com

MANILA, Philippines — The Aquino administration has released P5 billion to cover back payments of the national government’s counterpart for health insurance premiums of indigent families from 2007 to 2010.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said the fund partly covers the P6.5 billion in unpaid obligations of the previous administration to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.
The remaining balance of P1.5 billion will be released within the year, Abad said.
Universal healthcare coverage for all, especially for the poor and the vulnerable, is a priority of President Benigno Aquino III. To ensure the integrity of the healthcare fund for indigent Filipinos, we have to settle the obligations left unpaid in the previous administration,” Abad said.

From 2007 to 2010, the past administration remitted only P3.85 billion to PhilHealth out of the P10.35 billion counterpart payment it must shoulder.

“The non-payment of past obligations is one issue. The question as to whether PhilHealth support recipients are really indigent households is another. Under the Aquino administration, we will make sure that the program will only be used for the healthcare of the poor, and not for the political agenda of a few,” Abad added.

For 2011, the government has allotted P3.5 billion for the National Health Insurance Program.
The amount will cover health protection for 4.7 million indigent families.

On top of this, 1.4 million informal households will also be covered by the program under the government’s National Household Targeting System.