Unfilled govt positions to remain vacant to finance P20B rehab for Yolanda, etc – Sen. Chiz

Friday, November 29th, 2013. Filed under: Philippine News
Senator Chiz Escudero, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, delivers a privilege speech on the 2014 General Appropriations Bill, Tuesday morning. According to Escudero, the 2014 budget proposal, which includes funds for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction programs and projects in the amount of P70 billion, will also include specific funding for the rehabilitation of the Visayas on top of the existing calamity fund to be sourced from items which can be postponed in the 2014 national budget. (MNS photo)

Senator Chiz Escudero, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, delivers a privilege speech on the 2014 General Appropriations Bill, Tuesday morning. According to Escudero, the 2014 budget proposal, which includes funds for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction programs and projects in the amount of P70 billion, will also include specific funding for the rehabilitation of the Visayas on top of the existing calamity fund to be sourced from items which can be postponed in the 2014 national budget. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Senate will not allocate money for unfilled government positions to save about P20 billion so that government can finance the reconstruction and rehabilitation of areas devastated by typhoon Yolanda and other calamities, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero said Monday.

This will be done as the Senate finance committee submits the proposed P2.3-trillion 2014 national budget for plenary debates.

Escudero said the 2014 national budget would include a specific and distinct funding for rehabilitation of the Visayas on top of the existing calamity fund to be sourced from items such as the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefit Fund (MPBF), which can be postponed.

“We will submit for floor deliberations the proposed P2.3-trillion spending package for 2014 when session resumes on Monday that includes funds for reconstruction and rehabilitation of areas devastated by disasters and calamities,”said Escudero, chairman of the Senate committee on finance.

He said the committee report will, among others, propose the creation and establishment of the P20-billion reconstruction and rehabilitation fund for the areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda, the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, typhoon Santi which ravaged Central Luzon, the Zamboanga City siege, and typhoon Labuyo which lashed at Luzon.

He said the fund would be broken down per program, activity, department, and implementing agency.

“We will take the appropriation from the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefit Fund (MPBF) of each department tapped. The primary implementing agencies for these are the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), National Housing Authority, and the local government units concerned,” Escudero said.

The report, Escudero said, will include stricter provisions on transparency, accountability, and liability on the use not only of the calamity fund proposal but also of all funds appropriated.

“When we buckle down to deliberate on the budget [Monday] we can expect to further improve and fine tune the calamity fund proposal. We have to address both the short-term and long-term needs of the people severely affected and displaced by the successive calamities that hit our country this year,” he added.

The 2014 budget proposal also includes funds for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction programs and projects in the amount of P70 billion.

“The risk of climate change reality has already stared us down in our face. It should already be met with decisive action and we hope the proposal stipulated in the budget to address the same will jumpstart the path to mitigating the ill effects of both natural and man-made calamities that hit us year in, year out,” Escudero said. (MNS)

Share Button

Related posts

Leni’s track record in Congress makes her qualified to be VP: PalaceGovt seeks P38.9B for calamity funds in 2016DepEd gets biggest chunk of 2016 budget in preparation for K to 12Aquino thanks donors from Boston for helping typhoon-devastated Visayan regionPHL, France agree to continue addressing climate changePHL, France agree to continue addressing climate changeEscudero says govt should takeover MRT Holdings for better serviceNew US Ambassador assures of continued support in ‘Yolanda’ rehabSenate proud to turn 100, will work harder to serve Filipinos — PimentelPHL economic managers to US business, Fil-Ams: Govt to focus on reducing poverty, inequality  Duterte ‘recalibrating’ PH foreign policy—Dominguez22-yr-old Pinoy wins gold in ASEAN Skills CompetitionPinoy Sports-Artist to be Inducted into West Coast Hall of FameVP budget for 2017 slashed by 14.28%Senate panel eyes relaxing bank secrecy law for gov’t officials, employeesLegislation punishing ransomware passes AssemblySenator asks industrialized countries to help 3rd World ease effects of climate changeMexican inmates use tattoo skills for purse designsSenate passes bill to help widows, children keep their homeComelec defers action on Marcos request for system audit