Congressmen can still identify DPWH infra projects under RLIP

july 23, 2014

After all the hues and cries over the PDAF scandals,  congressmen under a new national budget item, the Regional Local Infrastructure Program (RLIP) of the Department of Public Works and Highways can still identify priority projects for their legislative districts.

“Congressmen are still given the privilege to identify projects,” DPWH-XI regional director Mariano Alquiza said.
He added: “Ngayon sinusulatan na nila ang DPWH at kasama na dyan ang mga partylist representatives.”
He said it is different now under the RLIP as projects “unlike before na lumpsum allocation” referring to PDAF.
RLIP projects are specifically identified right at the General Appropriations Act (GAA) budget.
Alquiza said that this year RLIP budget totaled P341 million, which is allocated for various projects of congressmen, partylist representatives and senators for the ten legislative districts under the jurisdiction of DPWH-XI. 
DPWH-XI Regional Director Engr. Mariano Alquiza

DPWH-XI Regional Director Engr. Mariano Alquiza

Most of the RLIP budget though goes for the region’s congressmen as senators and partylist representatives have only P12 million and P20 million in 2013 and 2014, respectively.  
Eight of the RLIP projects would be completed this month, Alquiza bared.
He said that the budget of the regular infrastructure project of DPWH-XI has been increasing through the years since he assumed his current post in 2012 with only more than P4 billion.
He said the regional budget increased to more than P7 billion and more than P8 billion in 2013 and 2014, respectively. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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