Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Friday renewed his appeal to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to consider augmenting the calamity fund of local government units (LGUs) severely hit by Super-typhoon “Rolly” recently.
Go urged the DBM to provide replenishment of calamity funds in typhoon-hit areas, particularly in Regions IV-A, IV-B and V, by augmenting their local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund equivalent to 1 percent of their respective Internal Revenue Allotments (IRA).
“I reiterate my appeal to the DBM to study the possibility of augmenting the funds of LGUs devastated by Rolly. Replenishing 1 percent of the calamity fund would be a big help,” Go said.
Go’s appeal came after calls for assistance from affected LGUs as their calamity funds have been exhausted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and by the recent string of typhoons that hit the country the past months.
Go also suggested that the executive department may explore the possibility of providing for additional funds to severely affected LGUs depending on the extent of the needs of communities and on the availability of funds.
Go had earlier said providing additional financial assistance to the typhoon-hit LGUs will be a big help for them in purchasing food products and other essential items for affected constituents.
“I’m appealing to the executive, to President Duterte, Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado to help LGUs whose calamity funds have been exhausted to enable them to buy food, medicines, especially in the wake of these disasters,” Go said.
Before Rolly made landfall, Go said he had already informed Avisado that LGUs will face a big problem given that most of their respective calamity funds have already been utilized in their respective COVID-19 responses.