Pablo victims to get P20M from Belmonte PDAF

VICTIMS of super typhoon Pablo will be receiving additional relief assistance with the release of P20 million allocated from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.

The Speaker asked for the allocation of funds from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) under the Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (CIDSS) of the Department of Social Services and Development (DSWD) in response to the alarming devastation caused by this super typhoon.

Statistics released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has pegged the death toll from the typhoon at 1067; with 2666 injured 834 missing as of its last report dated December 25, 2012. Pablo, (with international name Bopha), has affected 30 provinces of regions Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, the Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccskargen and Caraga.

Damage to property was estimated at P 36,949,230,987.07 which was broken down by the report as: P7,565,044,810 in infrastructure damages, P36,949,230,987.07 in agriculture, and P2857,522,703 in damage to private property.

Belmonte said these funds would be distributed “with priority to areas most hardly hit” by this disaster.

In his letter of request last month, the Speaker assured the DBM that he “will closely coordinate with the DSWD as to the distribution per province once the fund has been released”. Notice of approval for release of these funds was received this week through a Special Allotment Release Order (SARO).

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