Local government executives were recently assured of adequate budget for the immediate needs of areas affected by recent typhoons.
“The President has ordered the immediate release of additional funds for the local government units, particularly those affected by Typhoon Quinta, followed by Super Typhoon Rolly and then by Typhoon Ulysses,” Budget and Management Secretary Wendel Avisado said .
Avisado said the remaining funds of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management (NDRRM) stand at about P6.8 billion, which is not enough for the needs of typhoon-hit areas.
The DBM has supplemented this by about P10 billion, Avisado said.
He said there was also a suggestion to extend financial assistance to local government units (LGUs) affected by Typhoons Quinta and Rolly to augment their calamity fund and the budget will be charged against the NDRRM Fund.
He said the funds will be released within the week.
“This is equivalent to 1 percent of their IRA (Internal Allotment Fund) and we take into consideration the estimated amount of damage and number of affected populations as reported by both the OCD (Office of Civil Defense) and the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development),” he said.