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THE Open Budget Survey 2012 bears bad news about budget transparency in the Philippines, but the story seems more upbeat in the areas of budget oversight and public participation.

NO LESS than the home province of Budget and Management Secretary Florencio ‘Butch’ B. Abad, head of the architect agency of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), received the largest allotment releases from the program, based on per capita releases or what each resident in a province could have gotten on average.

According to a July 2014 official report on ARMM’s Transition Investment Support Plan (TISP), implementation of the DAP-funded TISP projects had involved a multi-layered network of 11 agencies assigned to various programs and projects, including six ARMM line agencies.

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