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Transparency is always a prevalent concern of the people in all governments worldwide. This will ensure the check and balance in all expenditures in the government so that people are informed on how their taxes are operating for the welfare of the people. Funds are allocated “from and to” for certain purposes.

One big concern of the Filipino people is the allocated fund known to many as the “confidential fund”. For transparency reason, this fund is not confidential at all in the country. In this blog post, we discuss the concept of a confidential fund in Philippine Politics, its allocation, purpose, and why there is a growing focus on its transparency and accountability. Learn more about the non-confidential nature of the confidential fund and the concerns raised by the Filipino people.

What is a Confidential Fund?

A confidential fund, also known as a discretionary fund, is a specific amount of money allocated to government officials for their discretionary use. It is meant to be used for expenses that cannot be publicly disclosed due to their sensitive nature. These funds are usually under the control of high-ranking officials, such as the President, the Vice President, the Cabinet members, and other government executives.

How is the Confidential Fund Allocated?

The allocation of the confidential fund is determined by the government’s budget. A certain percentage of the national budget is set aside for this purpose. The exact amount allocated varies from year to year and is usually determined based on the needs and priorities of the government.

Purpose of the Confidential Fund

The confidential fund is intended to be used for emergency or unforeseen expenses that require immediate action. It allows government officials to quickly respond to situations that may arise, such as natural disasters, security threats, or urgent social needs. The fund provides flexibility and agility in addressing these issues without the need for lengthy bureaucratic processes.

Why are Filipino People Focused on the Confidential Fund?

The Filipino people are focused on the confidential fund because of concerns regarding its transparency and accountability. Despite its confidential nature, there have been instances where the fund has been misused or abused. This has led to public scrutiny and calls for greater transparency in the allocation and utilization of the fund.

By Roge Sison

An ordained clergy of The United Methodist Church.

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