From the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson on DPWH P9-B hike and slashing of the Calamity Fund, 04 Jan. 2017

We understand the concern of Senator Panfilo Lacson, a former Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, on the slashing of the Calamity Fund.

However, the 2017 budget is compliant with the Supreme Court decisions on PDAF and DAP. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is solely responsible for identified projects – from repair and reconstruction of permanent structures to communities or areas affected by man-made and natural calamities.

The President is particularly abhorrent to giving favors to particular individuals, not even its allies, in line with his inaugural vow to serve every one and not only one.