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Bicol Congressmen Use P3.881Bn Pork Barrel Funds Between 2009 and 2013

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A League of her own: Leni Robredo, the epitome and the new face of a Bicol public servant. Last week, Atty. Leni Robredo visited the far-flung coastal barangays of the municipality of Calabanga. She had to cross a river and a hill and walk along the shores to reach constituents. Photo from and courtesy of her Facebook page.

Bicol congressmen received a total of P3.881 billion pork barrel funds between 2009 and March 2013, according to the records of the Department of Budget and Management. The amount represent funds released to 24 present and past congressional representatives of the six Bicol provinces.

RepresentativeDistrict Amount
1Bravo, Narciso Jr. R. 1st District, MasbateP266,000,000.00
2Fuentebella, Arnulfo P. 4th District, CamSur 223,500,000.00
3Kho, Antonio T. 2nd District, Masbate220,000,000.00
4Escudero, Salvador III H. 1st District, Sorsogon218,850,000.00
5Villafuerte, Luis R. 3rd District, CamSur 216,750,000.00
6Ramos, Deogracias Jr. B. 2nd District, Sorsogon215,000,000.00
7Lagman, Edcel C. 1st District, Albay 198,194,000.00
8Gonzalez, Fernando V. 3rd District, Albay 190,000,000.00
9Unico, Renato Jr. J. 1st District, CamNorte 190,000,000.00
10Panotes, Elmer E. 2nd District, CamNorte 190,000,000.00
11Andaya, Rolando Jr. G. 1st District, CamSur 190,000,000.00
12Fortuno, Salvio B. 5th District, CamSur 190,000,000.00
13Lanete, Scott Davies S. 3rd District, Masbate190,000,000.00
14Co, Christopher S. Ako  Bicol190,000,000.00
15Garbin, Alfredo Jr. A.Ako  Bicol190,000,000.00
16Bichara, Al Francis DC. 2nd District, Albay 189,000,000.00
17Sarmiento, Cesar V. Lone District, Catanduanes188,500,000.00
18Batocabe, Rodel M.Ako  Bicol187,000,000.00
19Arroyo, Diosdado Ignacio M. 2nd District, CamSur 60,000,000.00
20Seachon-Lanete, Rizalina L. 3rd District, Masbate55,000,000.00
21Santiago, Joseph A. Lone District, Catanduanes45,300,000.00
22Chato, Liwayway V. Lone District, CamNorte 43,300,000.00
23Lim, Reno G. 3rd District, Albay 32,800,000.00
24Alfelor, Felix Jr. R. 4th District, CamSur 2,000,000.00
Grand TotalsP3,881,194,000.00

Checking now into per fiscal year allocation shows a better understanding of each lawmaker’s share. First table below is the most current PDAF release for lawmakers up until the close of the 15th Congress.

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No PDAF was allocated or released to Camarines Sur 2nd District representative Dato Arroyo by Malacanang/DBM.  Makes one ponder the effect of withholding any fund release for the congressman who happened to be the son of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Was it a clear sign of vindictiveness on the part of the present administration?   Somehow, the constituents of the district were the ones jointly penalized.

Comparing the tables now, the current term of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III pork barrel fund released to congressmen (June 2010 onwards) has a very noticeable increase by leaps and bounds versus the previous administration of Macapagal-Arroyo ( May 2010 and backwards). That increase further fueled the appetite of congressmen for pork barrel and corruption, as P-Noy’s Malacanang used the carrot and stick approach.

Have you checked the current  news update on PDAF?  Well a total of  38 persons were charged with either plunder, malversation, direct bribery and/or graft and corrupt practices in connection with Janet Lim-Napoles’ alleged pork barrel scam, according to the Department of Justice.  This piece of information published in The Bulletin Today.  And more of a confirmation than a surprise, one Bicolano representative Ex-Rep. (now Masbate Gov.) Rizalina Seachon-Lanete (amount of kickbacks from Napoles: P108.4 million) was one prominently listed.  We pray tell that she may not be that last Bicolano politician accused of alleged PDAF malversation, etc.

Raps of plunder, etc are actually based on the findings of the Commission on Audit based on PDAF funds released covering only the period from 2007-2009.

The Commission on Audit has released its Report on the Special Audit it conducted on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and Various Infrastructures including Local Projects (VILP).

The PDAF and VILP are the amounts provided in the General Appropriations Act as funding sources for projects of legislators. PDAF is intended to fund “soft” projects under the category of education, health, livelihood, social services, financial assistance to address specific propoor programs, peace and order, historical, cultural and arts, as well as small infrastructure projects like irrigation, rural electrification, water supply, housing and forest management.

VILP, on the other hand, is intended for “hard” projects under the category of public works. For each Senator, the annual allocation is PHP 100 Million for soft projects and PHP 100 Million for hard projects, or a total of PHP 200 Million

For each Congressman and Party List Representative, the annual allocation is PHP30 Million for soft projects and PHP 40 Million for hard projects, or a total of PHP 70Million.

PDAF Releases of District Representatives for Fiscal Year 2013 
District Legislator  
11st District, Albay Lagman, Edcel C. 35,000,000
23rd District, Albay Gonzalez, Fernando V. 35,000,000
32nd District, Albay Bichara, Al Francis DC. 0
51st District, Camarines Norte Unico, Renato Jr. J. 35,000,000
62nd District, Camarines Norte Panotes, Elmer E. 35,000,000
81st District, Camarines Sur Andaya, Rolando Jr. G. 35,000,000
103rd District, Camarines Sur Villafuerte, Luis R. 35,000,000
114th District, Camarines Sur Fuentebella, Arnulfo P. 35,000,000
125th District, Camarines Sur Fortuno, Salvio B. 35,000,000
14Lone District, Catanduanes Sarmiento, Cesar V. 33,500,000
161st District, Masbate Bravo, Narciso Jr. R. 35,000,000
172nd District, Masbate Kho, Antonio T. 35,000,000
183rd District, Masbate Lanete, Scott Davies S. 35,000,000
201st District, Sorsogon Escudero, Salvador III H. 20,000,000
212nd District, Sorsogon Ramos, Deogracias Jr. B. 35,000,000
 District Reps Totals473,500,000

Table below shows the PDAF 2012 release by Malacanang/DBM.  Constituents of congressman Arroyo will ask, why the zero amount? Because the  Palace did not release any centavo , thus zero.

PDAF Releases of District Representatives for Fiscal Year 2012
1st District, Albay Lagman, Edcel C. 70,000,000
2nd District, Albay Bichara, Al Francis DC. 105,000,000
3rd District, Albay Gonzalez, Fernando V. 70,600,000
1st District, Camarines Norte Unico, Renato Jr. J. 70,000,000
2nd District, Camarines Norte Panotes, Elmer E. 70,000,000
1st District, Camarines Sur Andaya, Rolando Jr. G. 71,000,000
2nd District, Camarines Sur Arroyo, Diosdado Ignacio M. 0
3rd District, Camarines Sur Villafuerte, Luis R. 90,000,000
4th District, Camarines Sur Fuentebella, Arnulfo P. 70,000,000
5th District, Camarines Sur Fortuno, Salvio B. 70,000,000
Lone District, Catanduanes Sarmiento, Cesar V. 70,000,000
1st District, Masbate Bravo, Narciso Jr. R. 70,000,000
2nd District, Masbate Kho, Antonio T. 70,000,000
3rd District, Masbate Lanete, Scott Davies S. 70,000,000
1st District, Sorsogon Escudero, Salvador III H. 69,000,000
2nd District, Sorsogon Ramos, Deogracias Jr. B. 75,000,000
GRAND TOTAL 1,110,600,000

Table below list the Malacanang/DBM release for Bicol congressmen for 2011.  Again, no pork barrel fund for Dato Arroyo.

PDAF Releases of District Representatives for Fiscal Year 2011
District Legislator Total
1st District, Albay Lagman, Edcel C. 70,000,000
2nd District, Albay Bichara, Al Francis DC. 35,000,000
3rd District, Albay Gonzalez, Fernando V. 69,400,000
1st District, Camarines Norte Unico, Renato Jr. J. 70,000,000
2nd District, Camarines Norte Panotes, Elmer E. 70,000,000
1st District, Camarines Sur Andaya, Rolando Jr. G. 69,000,000
2nd District, Camarines Sur Arroyo, Diosdado Ignacio M. 0
3rd District, Camarines Sur Villafuerte, Luis R. 50,000,000
4th District, Camarines Sur Fuentebella, Arnulfo P. 70,000,000
5th District, Camarines Sur Fortuno, Salvio B. 70,000,000
Lone District, Catanduanes Sarmiento, Cesar V. 70,000,000
1st District, Masbate Bravo, Narciso Jr. R. 70,000,000
2nd District, Masbate Kho, Antonio T. 70,000,000
3rd District, Masbate Lanete, Scott Davies S. 70,000,000
1st District, Sorsogon Escudero, Salvador III H. 70,000,000
2nd District, Sorsogon Ramos, Deogracias Jr. B. 65,000,000
GRAND TOTAL 988,400,000

Pork barrel fund release of Malacanang/DBM for the year 2010.

PDAF Releases of District Representatives for Fiscal Year 2010
District Legislator Total
1st District, Albay Lagman, Edcel C. 16,000,000
2nd District, Albay Bichara, Al Francis DC. 30,000,000
3rd District, Albay Gonzales, Fernando V. 15,000,000
3rd District, Albay Lim, Reno G. 10,000,000
1st District, CamNorte Unico, Renato Jr. J. 15,000,000
2nd District, CamNorte Panotes, Elmer E. 15,000,000
Lone District, CamNorte Chato, Liwayway V. 25,000,000
1st District, CaSur Andaya, Rolando Jr. G. 15,000,000
1st District, CamSur Arroyo, Diosdado M. 30,000,000
2nd District, CamSur Villafuerte, Luis R. 30,000,000
3rd District, CamSur Fuentebella, Arnulfo P. 17,000,000
4th District, CamSur Alfelor, Felix Jr. R. 1,000,000
5th District, CamSur Fortuno, Salvio B. 15,000,000
Lone District, Catanduanes Santiago, Joseph A. 14,000,000
Lone District, Catanduanes Sarmiento, Cesar V. 15,000,000
1st District, Masbate Bravo, Narciso Jr. R. 30,000,000
2nd District, Masbate Kho, Antonio T. 30,000,000
3rd District, Masbate Seachon-Lanete, Rizalina L. 15,000,000
3rd District, Masbate Lanete, Scott Davies S. 15,000,000
1st District, Sorsogon Escudero, Salvador III H. 29,500,000
2nd District, Sorsogon Ramos, Deogracias Jr. B. 15,000,000
GRAND TOTAL 397,500,000

Pork barrel release for Bicol congressmen in 2009.

PDAF Releases of District Representatives for Fiscal Year 2009
District Legislator Total
1st District, Albay Lagman, Edcel C. 7,194,000
2nd District, Albay Bichara, Al Francis DC. 19,000,000
3rd District, Albay Lim, Reno G. 22,800,000
Lone District, Camarines Norte Chato, Liwayway V. 18,300,000
1st District, Camarines Sur Arroyo, Diosdado M. 30,000,000
2nd District, Camarines Sur Villafuerte, Luis R. 11,750,000
3rd District, Camarines Sur Fuentebella, Arnulfo P. 31,500,000
4th District, Camarines Sur Alfelor, Felix Jr. R. 1,000,000
Lone District, Catanduanes Santiago, Joseph A. 31,300,000
1st District, Masbate Bravo, Narciso Jr. R. 61,000,000
2nd District, Masbate Kho, Antonio T. 15,000,000
3rd District, Masbate Seachon-Lanete, Rizalina L. 40,000,000
1st District, Sorsogon Escudero, Salvador III H. 30,350,000
2nd District, Sorsogon Solis, Jose G. 25,000,000
GRAND TOTAL 344,194,000

Ako Bicol Party list representatives pork barrel funds for 2010 up until March 2013:

PDAF Releases of Party List Representatives 2010 – 2013
2013Ako  BicolBatocabe, Rodel M.32,000,000
2013Ako  BicolCo, Christopher S. 35,000,000
2013Ako  BicolGarbin, Alfredo Jr. A.35,000,000
2012Ako BicolBatocabe, Rodel M.70,000,000
2012Ako  BicolCo, Christopher S.70,000,000
2012Ako  BicolGarbin, Alfredo Jr. A.70,000,000
2011Ako bicolBatocabe, Rodel M.70,000,000
2011Ako  BicolCo, Christopher S.70,000,000
2011Ako  BicolGarbin, Alfredo Jr. A.70,000,000
2010Ako BicolBatocabe, Rodel M.15,000,000
2010Ako BicolCo, Christopeher S.15,000,000
2010Ako BicolGarbin, Alfredo S.15,000,000
Total567,000,000

The Commission on Audit should uncover more anomalies, irregularities, corruption and wheeling and dealings if it continue the audit for the years covering the period from where it left off the present audit work.  That next big job will obviously cover the current administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.  It will be a mine of mind-boggling information more than what was obtained lately.

Care enough to read about the COA Audit report, heed to this site Press Statement on Special Audit Report No. 2012.

Next, we try to peek on where the PDAF was intended to be spent for or finance what. For there is no way to ascertain if money released by DBM was really and rightfully spent. DBM did not care enough for that.

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4 comments

  1. Pinoy’s administration has a noble purpose of releasing these amount ;that is for the good of the people… the former pres. released very meager amount because the giant share were entered in her vault ..this likewise goes to show that the Phil. is a very rich country but infested with corrupt politicians , except PINOY

  2. Bicol Street Journal

    More a matter of “lost in translation,” when the leadership gears toward clean and honest government but the people below would not toe the line. It always happen. Pilferage and corruption rules rather than the exception. That is why posting this piece the editor opted for Atty Leni Robredo’s photo rather than the firing line IDs of the seasoned congressmen.

  3. maraming problema ng kahirapan sa Bicol.. pero ang pinaka malala ang sitwasyong ng Siruma,, pwede bang usisain kung bakit hanggang ngayon, ganuon ang daan mula Naga hanggang Siruma,,

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