Next year’s budget doesn’t include Yolanda rehab funds, says Recto

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto announced that the lack of explicit allocations for the devastated areas in Visayas due to Typhoon Yolanda calls for an itemization of related projects under the P37 billion calamity fund in the 2017 national budget.

Next year’s budget doesn’t include Yolanda rehab funds, says Recto
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Recto said in a statement the allocated National Disaster Reduction and Management Fund does not include any peso for the rehabilitation of Yolanda stricken areas despite the huge accumulation in deliverables.

Meanwhile, P18.9 billion was allocated from this year’s NDRRMF for the rehabilitation purposed in areas struck by the storm in 2013.

“There is still much work to be done in Eastern Visayas but the calamity fund is silent on the rehabilitation deficit, which must be funded,” said Recto.

Recto explained that this might be misinterpreted by people that the government is forgetting and neglecting this issue.

He said a general provision for Yolanda-related rehabilitation projects listing specific amounts allocated to recipient agencies should at least be included in the 2017 budget.

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Sen. Loren Legarda, committee chairman for climate change and finance, pointed out earlier this week that the Aquino administration failed to disburse P20.7 billion of the total P25.6 billion earmarked for housing projects for Yolanda victims.

Legarda described this as an act of red tape as he called on the current administration to push through the rehabilitation projects.

[Source: Inquirer]