Dureza to AFP: Return P192.5M unused fund for Maguindanao road projects

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Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Jesus Dureza has asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to return P192.5 million, which was not spent for road projects in Maguindanao.

Dureza made the request during his meeting on July 10 with the military officials led by 52nd Engineer Brigade commander Brigadier General Dionisio Baudin Jr.

The peace official said that the budget was released in 2012 under the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) program, but the road projects have remained unimplemented.

The projects specifically involved the P100-million concreting of the Lamud-Ganassi-Biarong road in the municipality of South Upi and the P150-million concreting of the Makir-Sibuto-Kinabaka road in the municipality of Datu Odin Sinsuat.

The projects were supposed to have been implemented in the previous administration starting July 2012, with the funds already being “downloaded” to the AFP, Dureza said.

The P192.5 million budget was part of the P250 million total project cost under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). But the remaining amount was not released following the Supreme Court’s decision declaring DAP funds unconstitutional.

OPAPP said Baudin promised that the AFP would comply with whatever order to them.