Press Release
November 11, 2013

Trillanes realigns pork for scholarship, health assistance, AFP/PNP infra

With the removal of the Priority Development Assistance Fund in the 2014 budget, Senator Antonio "Sonny" F. Trillanes IV realigned his P200 million allocation to fund scholarship programs in different colleges and state universities, medical assistance in government hospitals, and construction of barracks of soldiers and policemen.

"The Senate has removed PDAF from the 2014 budget. However, I decided to realign the supposed PDAF allocation to the Department of Health, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Philippine National Police, so that our constituents and advocacies won't be compromised with the removal of PDAF," said Trillanes.

According to the amendments proposed by Trillanes, his P200 million-PDAF will be redistributed to the following agencies:

  • Department of Health (hospitalization and medical assistance) - P102,450,000

  • Commission on Higher Education (scholarships to colleges and state universities nationwide) - P36,200,000

  • Technical Education and Skills Development Authority - (Training for Work Scholarship Program) - P4,000,000

  • Department of National Defense (construction/rehabilitation of barracks of the different service commands of the AFP) - P49,940,000

  • Philippine National Police (construction/rehabilitation of barracks) - P7,400,000

Trillanes added that: "I could have opted to join the bandwagon of deleting the P200 million from the budget but this will be an afterthought and will not achieve anything aside from trying to look good in the media. Worse, it will show utter insensitivity to the needs of the poor and the marginalized sectors. Besides, public outrage is directed to those who stole from the public funds whereas, I have been transparent on where I allocated my previous PDAF, which is posted on my website (; and based on the monitoring and evaluation of my office, our countrymen have greatly benefited from it.

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