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P325M ‘intel fund’ could have built 474 more classrooms-ACT Teachers solon

11 July 2011 No Comment

Office of Representative Antonio L. Tinio
ACT Teachers Party-List
House of Representatives

July 11, 2011

Former PCSO General Manager Ms. Rosario Uriarte during the Senate probe on the PCSO fund mess (Photo credits: professionalheckler.wordpress.com)

In view of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) fund controversy wherein huge amounts of money were expended in rather questionable ventures, ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio said that the so-called ‘intelligence fund’ amounting to P325 million could have helped the shortages of critical school inputs such as classrooms.

“This huge amount could have built 474 more classrooms,” said Tinio. “We could have prevented scenarios during the school opening like that in Payatas B Elementary School where pupils can hardly concentrate on their studies because of their congested classrooms,” he added.

It can be recalled that during the Senate probe, former PCSO General Manager Ms. Rosario Uriarte said PCSO utilized P325 million for clandestine intelligence from 2008 to 2010. Furthermore, Uriarte bared that the biggest chunk of expenditures, amounting to P138 million, was disbursed between January and June 2010, covering the period of 2010 elections.

“The PCSO fund is intended to provide for the poor Filipinos who are in dire need of health and other social services,” added Tinio.

“Unfortunately, it was clearly used by the Arroyo administration as its own pork barrel to distribute material support to its political allies,” said Tinio.#


References: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (0920-922-0817)

Julie Anne D. Tapit, Media Officer (0915-762-6522)


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