Our latest offering is a two-part report on how politics drive the award of public-works contracts.
The first part written by senior journalist Tita C. Valderama, PCIJ training director, reveals how two sons in Congress of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, but also other political allies and some of her political foes, have secured comparatively bigger volumes and values of civil-works contracts.
From the online database of 27,535 projects awarded by the Department of Public Works and Highways from 2000 to 2008, a mixed picture emerges — that of both friends and some foes nearly satiated with contracts for their congressional districts, while most other have been starved.
Still, a singular narrative string flows through the story: a viral kind of politics has been institutionalized in the awarding of contracts by the DPWH. This is exacerbated as well by the phenomenon of pork barrel, congressional insertions and various lump-sum funds from which politicians have dipped their fingers, at will almost, to roll out their pet projects.
Read on at pcij.org.