The 14 Billion peso calamity fund in the 2015 national budget will not be sliced out.
According to Senator Francis Escudero, chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, frontline agencies will each receive a billion pesos every time there’s a calamity. These agencies include the DSWD, DOH, DPWH, DOST among others.
The said fund is under the Office of the President, aside from the quick response funds which will be used in a calamity.
Escudero further said that based on the programmed fund, the rehabilitation fund amounts to 1 Billion pesos while 20 Billion pesos will be under the unprogrammed fund.
The Senator explained that the 73 Billion pesos were taken from the unprogrammed funds which supposedly allocated for the buy-out of the MRT3. This will now be used for repairs of the MRT3, additional pension for veterans, and other programs of the government.
Meanwhile, typhoon Ruby’s death toll continues to rise based on the list of the Philippine National Red Cross.
According to PNRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, more than 25 people have died from the said calamity.
Pang added that aside from the death toll, four are still missing and 157 were injured.
The death toll of the PNRC is different from the figures of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Based on the list of the NDRRMC, 11 have been confirmed dead while 480 people have been injured, mostly coming from Central and Eastern Visayas. (with DZRH Judie Anne Abejero)