Calamity funds: DPWH receives P1 billion from remaining P14.7 billion

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Residents wade through a flooded street after sudden heavy downpour inundated streets in the financial district of Manila on August 12, 2015, stranding thousands of commuters and office workers. The P1 billion in calamity fund released by the DBM during the first month of the Marcos administration went solely to the DPWH. (PHOTO: TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images)
Residents wade through a flooded street after sudden heavy downpour inundated streets in the financial district of Manila on August 12, 2015, stranding thousands of commuters and office workers. The P1 billion in calamity fund released by the DBM during the first month of the Marcos administration went solely to the DPWH. (PHOTO: TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images)

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has already tapped P1 billion from the P14.7 billion remaining calamity fund for 2022 during his first month in office, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) data showed.

According to DBM, the P1 billion national disaster risk reduction management fund (NDRRMF) or calamity fund released went solely to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Earlier, the Budget department said that the government has available funds for relief operations after a magnitude 7 earthquake hit Luzon last July 27.

“Government agencies may mobilize their Quick Response Fund (QRF) allocated in their respective budgets,” Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman said on July 27.

Aside from relief operations, the fund may also be used for the reconstruction, rehabilitation, repair, aid, relief, and other works or services, including pre-disaster activities.

The DBM defines the QRF as a “standby-fund to be used in order that the situation and living conditions of people in communities or areas stricken by calamities, epidemics, crises, and catastrophes may be normalized as quickly as possible.”

The QRF, which has a total of P6.35 billion for 2021, is limited to the following agencies:

  • Department of Agriculture – P1 billion

  • Department of Education – P2 billion

  • Department of Health – P500 million

  • Department of the Interior and Local Government-BFP – P50 million

  • Department of the Interior and Local Government-PNP – P50 million

  • Department of Public Works and Highways – P1 billion

  • Department of Social Welfare and development – P1.25 billion

The Duterte administration left its successor with P14.7 billion of the P20.7 billion calamity fund for 2022. Additionally, the NDRRMF includes an available balance of P357.3 million from 2021.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom. Follow her on Twitter @polarubyo for regular news and cat postings. The views expressed are her own.

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