Philippine calamity response budget short of 70%

July 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

Don’t blame Noynoy Aquino if this government will be unable to respond well to disasters. According to PAGASA, there is still about 15 more typhoons expected to hit our country. And we only have 560 million pesos to spend if ever a calamity or a series of calamities hit us.

Reason? Well, the previous administration already spent 70% of the allotted calamity fund, or about 1.6 billion pesos. Former budget secretary Rolando Andaya says, the money went to finance rehabilitation efforts in the previous calamities, Ondoy and Pepeng.

Budget secretary Butch Abad however, says that most or the bulk of the budget went to the district of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, not to Pasig city, nor other more serious disaster areas. Imagine, even calamity funds are spent on political purposes.

So, expect a longer recovery if a major disaster hits the Philippines.

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