Gov’t creates Web page for DAP, says funds also used to upgrade SUCs

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The DBM said the DAP Web page contains all relevant information on the Aquino administration’s spending acceleration program, which was launched in October 2011.

“It took us several months to collecting all the DAP-related data, verify all details and figures, and ensure the accuracy of all our numbers. The DBM also had to work closely with other implementing agencies in the course of completing the DAP project list,” Abad said.

“Although the DAP was already terminated in 2013, the discussions on the program made it clear that the public should have better access to all information related to the DAP. It took us quite a while, given the breadth of the data we were working with, not to mention the fact that so many of these numbers needed to be verified very carefully,” Abad added, prior to the Web page launch.

CHED chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan, meanwhile, said the P4.28-billion fund from the DAP provided the much needed boost to the SUCs? 2011 and 2012 budgets that had minimal provision for capital outlay since 2000.

To date, Licuanan said a total of P4.01 billion out of the P4.03 billion or 99.6 percent for infrastructure and facilities has been released to the SUCs with the University of the Philippines (UP) and Mindanao State University (MSU) Systems receiving more than half of the investment at P1.38 and P1.04 billion, respectively.

“Some noteworthy projects under upgrading infrastructure and facilities that are nearing completion include UP Diliman?s National Science Complex, renovation of Palma Hall Pavilions and various residence halls. UP-PGH was able to purchase urgently needed medical equipment such as MRI and CT Scanners,” the CHED chief said.

MSU-Marawi has 14 infrastructure projects such as the three-storey Science and Technology Center building and the College of Information and Technology Building.]]>

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