The House of Representatives aims to pass today the P14.6-billion supplemental budget to rehabilitate areas struck by recent natural calamities.
House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Rep. Isidro Ungab said on Tuesday that the committee plans to pass the budget at it’s the committee level because of the great need to rebuild typhoon-devastated provinces.
“We will try our best to pass it at the committee level Wednesday] considering the urgency of providing assistance to the calamity stricken areas,” Ungab said.
Ungab said that the committee will look into the breakdown of the allocations during the budget hearing.
“It is a lump sum in the sense that it is augmentation of the calamity funds but the committee can always ask the details of how the funds will be spent,” he said.
Once the bill is approved, the funds will go not only to the areas wrecked by Yolanda but also to provinces affected by recent typhoons, Bohol which was hit by a 7.2-magnitude quake and Zamboanga City which was ravaged when members of the Moro National Liberation Front stormed the city.