Groups urge Aquino to release calamity funds for typhoon Gener victims

SECTORAL groups on Monday said Malacanang Palace should immediately release a substantial amount from the P 21.7 B calamity funds of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III alloted by Congress this year for victims of tropical storm Gener.

Anakpawis party list vice chairperson Fernando Hicap and Pamalakaya vice chairperson Salvador France said the Office of the President is legally, politically and morally obligated to release calamity funds for thousands of farmers, fisherfolk and urban poor affected by Gener.

“President Aquino should ready the calamity funds upon the request of people’s associations and local government units. The people fully deserve any appropriate assistance. The P 21.7 B calamity fund for 2012 belongs to them and not to Aquino and his financial keepers,” both leaders said.

The groups noted that P 7.5 B were alloted for calamity funds and P 14.2 billion were set aside for unprogrammed disaster risk and management activities.

“Malacanang should immediately release at least 10 percent to 20 percent of the P 21.7 B funds for victims and affected sectors of tropical storm Gener,” the group added. The latest NDRRMC report said tropic storm had affected 2,736, or 13,742 persons in Central Luzon, Mimaropa and Western Visayas.

Meanwhile, 2,600 families or 12,933 persons were served inside and outside evacuation centers. The groups said thousands were also affected by typhoon Gener in Metro Manila, Region IV- A provinces, Central Visayas, Negros Occidental, North Cotabato, Maguindanao, Cagayan, Isabela, Northern Luzon provinces and Panay Island provinces.

‘The situation merits the full-blown mobilization of state resources for victims of typhoon Gener. The government must not limit its act on disaster monitoring and ill-fated relief and rehabilitation efforts,” the groups said.

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