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More OFW groups call for `zero remittances’


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines…” (Proverbs 18:17, the Holy Bible).

MORE OFW GROUPS CALL FOR ZERO REMITTANCES: More overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are now joining the call for a `September 19 Zero Remittances Day for Zero Pork’, an initiative of OFW groups in Kuwait to withhold any remittance of their earnings on September 19, 2013. A new group, “Filipino Migrant Workers on PDAF”, is asking all OFWs in the Middle East to support the call for zero remittances on September 19.

Here is the statement of the “Filipino Migrant Workers on PDAF”: “We, the Filipino community in Middle East, hereby declare our grave frustration over the government’s failure to protect and properly disburse billions of pesos of taxpayers’ money.

This refers to the recent findings of the Commission on Audit (COA) on the misuse of precious funds known as the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), allocated to our honorable senators and congressmen.

PNOY ADMINISTRATION IS AT FAULT IN PORK SCAM: “We are putting this administration to task for not safeguarding the taxpayer’s money from unscrupulous scammers and thieves who siphoned billions of pesos of public funds to line their pockets and maintain a lavish lifestyle.

“We strongly believe that it is responsibility of the executive branch, particularly the budget department, concerned implementing agencies and government-controlled corporations, to ensure that public funds go to their intended legal purpose and finance identified programs and projects, and not channeled to bogus non-government organizations.

“This same view was echoed in the portion of the rejoinder of the COA Special Audit on the PDAF, where it was asserted: `It is also incumbent upon the implementing agencies to assess their mandate and technical and administrative capability to implement, manage and monitor projects for implementation under PDAF before accepting any fund transfers.

DBM, DA, FAILED IN THEIR DUTIES: “It is apparent with the recent revelations and facts regarding the massive PDAF scam that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Agriculture (DA), among other government agencies have failed to perform their duties, to conduct any 'background check' and to 'exercise due diligence' before releasing funds in their supervision to questionable NGOs.

“We propose to create an integrity initiative – a third party audit made up by members from the respected academe, religious groups, and other personalities with unquestionable integrity – which will look into the capacities and legitimacy of non-government organizations before becoming recipients of public funds…

“We are one with the nation’s collective outcry for responsible, transparent and efficient use of taxpayers’ money for the benefit of the Filipino people. We believe that those behind this racket, especially those government agencies who allowed this illegal operation to thrive and flourish, must be punished to the full extent of the law…”

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