AGR to stick with transparency in fund release

Subscribe Now July 07, 2011 at 11:48am

Davao del Norte first district Representative Antonio Rafael del Rosario said he will continue to do away from political consideration and will stick with transparency as his policy in releasing funds for project implementation. In a press conference, del Rosario vowed to give his full time service as a member of the House of Representatives, as well as work with the local government.

He remained committed to provide P1 million per barangay for various projects but he emphasized that the release of such fund should be based on a resolution of the Barangay Development Council which would pre-identify the projects to which the funds would be spent for.

"We want the process to be transparent," he said as he emphasized the need for the process of identifying the project to go through a "consultative type of decision-making through the Barangay Development Council."

He recalled having informed the barangay officials the importance of organizing BDC even before he left for a one-year leave to submit himself to a cell transplant to cure the Lymphoma he once suffered from.

"I have been talking of the importance of BDC. It would be difficult if it would not be organized," he said, explaining that national agencies would usually work with BDC in identifying priority projects for barangays.

He said it would have been easy for him to distribute the P40 million congressional funds allotted to members of the House of Representatives but he said he wouldn't like the idea of funding projects identified by just a few people.

The congressman admitted that such "is a long process" but he wanted to be assured that the programs and projects reach the grassroots.

Source: sunstar.com.ph



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