The Department of Education (DEP-Ed) in the Philippines wants 2 million Filipinos to donate 10 pesos a day for 10 months to raise funds to build 10,000 classrooms in two years. This is so 6 billion (6,000,000,000) pesos can be raised towards building 10 thousand classrooms.
We have 280* (number rounded off to the nearest 10) congressmen, each receiving 140 million** a year in Pork Barrel funds (aka Countryside Development Fund or CDF). 280 x 140million = 39 billion, 200 million pesos (39,200,000,000).
6 billion pesos is only 15% of the government’s appropriation for pork per year. Instead of foisting another expense on the taxpayer in the guise of community awareness and service, why not take that 15% outright from the congressmen who should be building the schoolhouses in the first place?
Source of this rant: Filipinos challenged to mobilize resources for classrooms to be built nationwide http://www.gov.ph/2011/10/14/filipinos-challenged-to-mobilize-resources-for-classrooms-to-be-built-nationwide/
*actual number is 285 (http://congress.gov.ph/members/ – 15th Congress)
** http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20101009-296747/Pork-in-budget-doubled – ‘Pork’ in budget doubled