Groups urge release of P2-B for relief, rehab in Laguna Lake

FISHERFOLK groups urged the Laguna lake Development Authority to demand the release of at least P 2 billion for the relief and rehabilitation efforts in Laguna Lake following the surge of flood caused by tropical southwest moonsoon rains over the 12 days.

Pamalakaya allies Koalisyon Kontra Kumbersyon ng Manila Bay (KKK-Mnaila Bay) and Anakpawis party list-Manila Bay chapter also asked for immediate relief support to thousands of small fisherfolk and urban poor affected by typhoon Gener in Cavite province, Las Pinas, Paranaque, Navotas, Bulacan, Pampanga and Bataan provinces.

The groups proposed that the national and local government units should provide at least 1 sack of rice and grocery items per household, and that the government should give fisherfolk production subsidy fund that they could use to buy new fishing nets or gears or for boat repairs due to damage caused by recent typhoon and southwest moon rains.

“Aquino is keeping in his vault some P 21.7 B in total taxpayers’ money. It belongs to the people courtesy of hard work and therefore should be given back to the people in the form of relief and production subsidy grants for free,” the groups added.

“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,” they added.

Pamalakaya 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 groups added.

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