Master plan total is P167.9B
The government said it has released a total of P52 billion since last year to support the relief and rehabilitation efforts in the provinces affected by the Super Typhoon Yolanda.
In a statement on Friday, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said the amount was released to various national government agencies, government-owned and -controlled corporations, and local governments to fund their respective relief and rehabilitation programs and projects.
The P52 billion released so far is part of the P167.9-billion Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP) for Yolanda-hit areas approved by President Benigno Aquino 3rd on October 30.
Rehabilitation Secretary Panfilo Lacson has said the P167-9 billion fund for the Yolanda rehabilitation master plan is outside the private sector intervention in the amount of P12.3 billion and the participation of the multilateral and bilateral agencies from foreign countries in the amount of P17.4 billion.
Of the amount released so far, P36.8 million, or .071 percent, was distributed to municipalities in Iloilo, Cebu, and Leyte help in the relief and rehabilitation of the communities in these areas, with the bulk of the funds being reserved for national agencies.
The Budget agency explained that the said funding was grouped according to the four Main Clusters as consolidated under the Yolanda Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program: infrastructure, social services, livelihood, and resettlement.
The biggest share, which is P6.06 billion, went to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to augment its Quick Response Fund and to support its feeding program.
The Department of Education had the second biggest allocation with P4.96 billion for the repair of classrooms and the allocation of new school seats. The DBM noted that the amount also included funding requirements for recovery from the Bohol earthquake, which struck just one month before Yolanda.
Other agencies with the largest releases were: Department of Interior and Local Government (P4.48 billion), National Electrification Administration (3.93 billion), Department of Public Works and Highways (P3.11 billion), Philippine Coconut Authority (P2.87 billion), Department of Agriculture ( P2.77 billion), National Housing Authority (P2.44 billion), Department of Transportation and Communications (P2.15 billion), and the Department of Finance/Bureau of Treasury (P2 billion).
Funds sourced from 2012-2014 budgets
The DBM explained that the P52 billion was gathered from various budget including the Calamity Fund and Continuing Appropriations from both the 2012 and 2013 budgets, the 2013 National Budget, the 2013 Calamity Fund and Continuing Appropriations, the P14.6 billion Supplemental Appropriations passed by Congress after the typhoon, the 2014 National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund, and the recently-approved Yolanda Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program, among other sources.
“The national government has made great strides this past year to help the people affected by Typhoon Yolanda, especially in Leyte and Samar. On our part, we had to ensure there were enough funds to support the rescue and reconstruction efforts and that these funds were released as quickly as possible,” said Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad.
“Though a lot of work still needs to be done in helping the Yolanda victims, we are on the right track with President [Benigno] Aquino [3rd] recently signing the P167.9-billion rehabilitation master plan. This is our commitment to help the Yolanda-affected cities and municipalities not only to rebuild but to build back better,” Abad added.
Yolanda, recorded as the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall, swept through the Philippines on November 8, 2013. With wind speeds of more than 300 km/h, the super typhoon caused massive destruction in Regions IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, and Caraga.
According to the DSWD, it affected almost 1.47 million families with 918,261 displaced from their homes. The overall number of reported damaged houses was 1.17 million.