Kendra Lorin Eng10
2012-20855 Position Paper
The Unfinished Business
"Maki-baka! Huwag Magbaboy!" (Go beef! Not Pork!). The call against the pork barrel
has been finally heard. After the Supreme Court's decision of pork barrel's unconstitutionality,
protesters can now heave a sigh of relief especially with the president's approval of the
"pork-less" 2014 national budget. This assurance, however, is short-lived for the 2014 budget is
not really "pork-less" after all.
From our experience of pork barrel system, we have learned how easy this system can be
tampered with. According to the Supreme Court, pork barrel system allows "authorize/d
legislators-whether individually or collectively organized into committees-to intervene, assume
or participate in any of the various post-enactment stages of the budget execution" which has
been also the ground for SC's declaration of its unconstitutionality (Torres-Tupas). When pork
barrel would have been a mean to achieve economic goals through its projects, it became a
medium of corruption, preventing the achievement of its goals because of its poor transparency
measures. For this reason, pork barrel, in its essence, should be totally removed from the
national budget in accordance with SC's decision and to promote a better administration of
services to the Filipinos.
According to CariÃ±o, pork barrel "refers to appropriation in the Public Works Act
intended for projects variously denominated as short-term rural progress projects under the
socio-economic program, or as short-term projects, which may be subdivided into miscellaneous
community projects, and nationwide selected projects, or such similar appellation" (1). With this
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definition, we apprehend that pork barrel targets development goals through short-term and
small projects that are more specific on a problem and a district or region in the country.
Examples of which are scholarship programs, small infrastructure developments and health care
programs. That is why, pork barrel is relatively...