MANILA — The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) questioned the supposed P1.9-billion insertions in the proposed General Appropriations Act of 2014 for projects beyond the jurisdiction of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

In a statement, UNA secretary general Toby Tiangco said: “I believe this is the first time that the DILG has appointed itself as the champion for climate change, potable water and mass housing. Perfect na ba ang situation ng peace and order sa ating bansa na dapat bigyan si SuperMAR at kunin ang budget at trabaho na mandato ng ibang ahensya?”

He said the P1.9 billion is a “speck” in the P20-billion national budget earmarked through the bottom-up budgeting (BUB) programs of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.

He said Roxas’ pork barrel includes the P76 million appropriation supposedly earmarked for “climate change adaptation”; P573 million for “potable water supply” for waterless municipalities and barangays; and P1.25 billion for housing intended for informal settlers in Metro Manila.

He said these are activities already under the control of other agencies. “Why would we give extra appropriation to DILG on budgetary support for housing, water system and climate change when there are already budgetary support to key government agencies already handling these concerns? Climate change at pabahay ba ang core competence ng DILG?” asked Tiangco.

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