Leni accused of anomalies in P64-M fish port project by a fisherfolk movement yesterday.
In 2012, a total of P78.6 million of DAP funds was given through the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) for the proposed Calabanga municipal fish port which will be constructed in Robredo’s district.
“It is peculiar that the port has remained non-existent despite its P64 million funding which included P14 million for its maintenance and repair,” said Salvador France, vice chairperson of the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya)
France stated that “Robredo was the proponent of the municipal fish port in Calabanga, the lone fishing municipality of the 3rd District of Camarines Sur. It was given an allocation of P50 million in 2012 by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and P78.6 million by the PFDA, both funds derived from the unconstitutional DAP.” He said.
France remembered that PFDA released only P64 million for the fish port before the Supreme Court declared DAP unconstitutional.
“Out of the P78.6 million, P64 million was released for the Calabanga municipal fish port to cover P50 million for the construction of the port and a 5-toner ice plant and P14 million is for the repair and improvement of breakwater,” France said.
The Commission on Audit (COA) has stated that, “although a significant part of the DAP funds went to PFDA for Calabanga fish port alone, the project has yet to be finished and no report on the allocated budget has ever been made.”
Meanwhile, Pamalakaya told Calabanga Mayor Eduardo Severino that the concretes roads were already built within the said port area but have already shown existing cracks, denoting that the materials that were used in the project are substandard.
France stated that the PFDA and Robredo will be held accountable for this and also, the officials of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for the billions of pesos misused and unspent funds that are supposedly for the welfare of poor fishers.
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