The Department of National Defense was one of the beneficiaries of the controversial Disbursement Allocation Program (DAP) funds.
“The DAP fund was released to the DND for the different programs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, particularly for the procurement of equipment and spare parts, on-base housing, and repair, renovation and rehabilitation of different facilities,” Department of National Defense spokesman Dr. Peter Paul Galvez said in a statement.
The biggest bulk of the P665.6 million funds released by the Department of Budget and Management to DND went to the Philippine Air Force and Presidential Security Group.
The Air Force received a total of P397.3 million, and was used for “on-base housing facilities, procurement of communication equipment and the implementation of the PAF’s various projects.”
“The projects include allocation of resources for search and rescue requirements, base facilities and equipment, and the repair, renovation and rehabilitation of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) facilities in Lipa, Batangas,” Galvez said.
The PSG was the second biggest recipient with P248.3 million, which was used for communication enhancement project.
“Included in the said project are the laying-out of the necessary backbone for the communications systems to be used, the repair of buildings and barracks, as well as the installation of Closed Circuit Television, or CCTV, equipment at the Malacañang complex, and the upgrade of the PSG’s communications equipment from analogue to digital with a secured encryption capability,” Galvez said.