MANILA, Philippines – The government is allocating more than P24 billion for projects related to disaster response and climate, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said Thursday.
According to the DBM, P24.435-B is allocated under the 2012 General Appropriations Act (GAA) for projects related to disaster preparation, climate change, and the environment.
The 2012 Calamity Fund has been allotted P7.5-B, an increase of P2.5-B from P5-B in 2011. The DBM said it is divided into 2: P4.85-B for repair and reconstruction, and P2.65-B for disaster aid and relief services.
There is also an allotment of P12.3-B for various flood control projects under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) meanwhile, will receive P367-M for its modernization program.
Other major disaster and environment-related budget allocations are:
- P2.7-B for the National Greening Program, Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- P857-M for the Forest Protection Program, DENR
- P711-M for the Philippine Energy Efficiency Program, Departmentof Energy
There are allocations too for solid waste management initiatives under the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and rehabilitation projects for the Laguna de Bay and the Pasig River.
“In ensuring robust funding for climate change adaptation and disaster preparation and response, the administration can better protect the poor, who are most vulnerable to calamity,” Budget chief Florencio Abad said. – Rappler.com