The Inquirer reported that beginning 2011, the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines will have its very own pork barrel, or more politely called the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
According to the chair of the appropriations committee in the House of Representatives, Congressman Joseph Emilio Abaya, said that the PhP200 million (US$4.5 million) PDAF for Vice President Jejomar Binay has been approved in the 2011 budget by both the Senate and the House of Representatives on Monday.
Congressman Abaya further said that the budget allocation for the vice president will come from the PDA funds and will not have an impact on the overall budget.
The Vice President's pork barrel is equal to that for every senator's pork each year. Each congressman in the Philippines receive PhP70 million (US$1.6 million) annually.
Binay earlier complained the 10 percent budget cut on his office. Of the PhP195 million (US$4.4 million) budget he requested, the vice president was only given PhP177.1 million (US$4 million), which is PhP7.9 million (US$180,000) short of its 2010 budget.
A total of PhP24.8 billion (US$564.9 million) is the allocated budget for all the lawmakers in the country for the fiscal year 2011.
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