Marcos admin wants more calamity fund for 2024
Marcos admin wants more calamity fund for 2024
Marcos admin wants more calamity fund for 2024
by Daylight Abas04 August 2023
Photo courtesy: President Bongbong Marcos

The Marcos government sought more money for disaster relief and has asked Congress for a P31 billion calamity fund in 2024.

The disaster fund plan, also known as the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (NDRRMF), is 51.2% more than the present P20.5-billion appropriation.

The P31 billion will cover the P17.9 billion set aside for "aid, relief, and rehabilitation services to communities and areas affected by calamity, including personnel training and other pre-disaster activities.

Moreover, the figure is an increase from the P12.3 billion allocated in 2023.

The P13.05 billion, up from the existing P7.1 billion, is also included for "repair and reconstruction of permanent structures, including capital expenditures for pre-disaster operations, rehabilitation, and other related activities.

Meanwhile, the Marawi Siege Victims Compensation Fund, which has a P1 billion allocation for 2023, was removed from the NDRRMF proposal.

The Marawi Compensation Board was established by Republic Act 11696, often known as the Marawi Siege Victims Compensation Act, which was signed into law in April 2022.

The board is listed separately under "Other Executive Offices" and has a budget of P1,117,555,000 projected for 2024.

In addition, the planned calamity fund included a P7.425 billion Quick Response Fund (QRF) for the following agencies:

  • Agriculture Department (P1 billion, the same as in 2023)

  • Education Department (P3 billion, up from P2 billion in 2023)

  • Department of Health (P500 million, unchanged from 2023)

  • DILG-Bureau of Fire Protection (P50 million, the same as in 2023)

  • DILG-National Police of the Philippines (P50 million, same as in 2023)

  • Department of National Defense-Office of Civil Defense (P500 million, unchanged from 2023)

  • Public Works and Highways Department (P1 billion, down from P11 billion in 2023)

  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (P1.25 billion, compared to P1.75 billion in 2023)

  • Transportation Department-Philippine Coast Guard (P75 million)

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