SPDA gets only a fifth of proposed budget

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 November) — The government is appropriating only P200 million for
the reactivated Southern Philippines Development Authority (SPDA), just a fifth of its proposed
budget for 2007, an SPDA official said.

The SPDA’s reactivation, announced by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita on September 2, at the
10th anniversary of the signing of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement between government and the
Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), was intended to serve as “catch up plan” for the
unimplemented socio-economic benefits from the peace pact.

Engr. Zamzamin Ampatuan, SPDA administrator and chief executive officer, told reporters Thursday
the “subsidy” for SPDA will not be enough to run the proposed projects next year.

But Ampatuan said they will “start with what we have.”

He said they will seek funding assistance from the Organization of the Islamic Conference and other
groups abroad.

Ampatuan said they plan to raise P800 million from various sources. Read full story here.

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