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Abad clears: lump sum in 2015 budget not pork

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President Benigno Aquino III and Budget Secretary Butch Abad

The lump sum in the 2015 national budget, which is P501.67-billion, is for future calamities, miscellaneous personnel benefits, pensions and guarantees, contingencies, debt servicing and interest payments, and the Internal Revenue Allotments (IRAs), Budget Secretary Butch Abad made clear on Wednesday.

All indications show that there is not a taint of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or commonly known as pork barrel, in the 2015 budget proposal.

On Wednesday, Abad submitted to House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II, appropriations committee chairman Rep. Isidro Ungab of Davao City and other House leaders President budget proposal for 2015.

Abad said the lump sum is a small 29 percent of the national budget.

“I don’t think that’s too big an amount. The total amount that pertains to the special purpose funds that I have mentioned is P501.670 billion, or about 29 percent. The rest are department and agency budgets and that’s about it,” Abad said.

The P2.606-trillion budget comprises of

– Social services – P967.9 billion up from P841.8 billion in 2014

– Economic services – P700.2 billion, up from P593.1 billion

– General public services – P423.1 billion up from P362.6 billion

– Debt burden – P399.4 billion up from P377.6 billion

– Defense – P115.5 billion up from P89.5 billion

—Department of Education P365.958 billion

– Department of Public Works and Highways – P300.519 billion

– National Defense – P144.036 billion

– Interior and Local Government – P141.423 billion

– Social Welfare and Development – P108.97 billion

– Health – P102.178 billion

– Agriculture -P88.818 billion

– Transportation and Communications – P59.463 billion

– Environment and Natural Resources – P21.290 billion

– Judiciary – P20.285 billion

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