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HR 1864 - Disaster Preparedness Veto in 2011

HR 1864 - Disaster Preparedness Veto in 2011

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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City, Metro Manila
FIFTEENTH CONGRESS
Second Regular SessionIntroduced by
Kabataan Party-List Representative Raymond V. Palatino
House Resolution No.
3C
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A RESOLUTION
DIRECTING THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL DEFENSE AND
SECURITY TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THEIMPLEMENTATION OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10121, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS"AN ACT STRENGTHENING THE PHILIPPINE DISASTER RISK REDUCTIONAND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM," THE IMPACT OF THE PRESIDENT'S VETOOF DISASTER PREPAREDNESS IN THE 2011 GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS
ACT AND THE DISASTER FRAMEWORK OF THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
IN LIGHT OF BILLIONS WORTH OF DAMAGES TO INFRASTRUCTURE AND
LIVELIHOOD OF RECENT TYPHOONSWHEREAS, there is an average of
22
typhoons that enter the Philippine Area ofResponsibility each year, affecting thousands of families and damaging billions worth of
assets;
WHEREAS, recent typhoons Pedring and Quiel left some three (3) million Filipinos
gravely affected and billions worth of damages to livelihood and infrastructures;
WHEREAS, Republic Act no. 10121 was enacted in 2009 to "Develop, promote, and
implement a comprehensive National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan
(NDRRMP) that aims to strengthen the capacity of the national government and the local
government units (LGUs), together with partner stakeholders, to build the disaster resilience
of communities, and to institutionalize arrangements and measures for reducing disaster risks,
 
including projected climate risks, and enhancing disaster preparedness and response
capabilities at all levels" (Section2.e);
WHEREAS, Section 22 of Republic Act No. 10121 states: "Section
22.
National
Disaster Risk" Reduction and Management Fund. -
(a)
The present Calamity Fund
appropriated under the annual General Appropriations Act shall henceforth be known as the
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (NDRRM Fund) and it shall be usedfor disaster risk reduction or mitigation, prevention and preparedness activities such as but not
limited to training of personnel, procurement of equipment, and capital expenditures. It canalso be utilized for relief, recovery, reconstruction and other work or services in connectionwith natural or human induced calamities which may occur during the budget year or those
that occurred in the past two (2) years from the budget year.
(c)
Of the amount appropriated for the NDRRM Fund, thirty percent (30%) shall be
allocated as Quick Response Fund (QRF) or stand-by fund for relief and recoveryprograms in order that situation and living conditions of people in communities orareas stricken by disasters, calamities, epidemics, or complex emergencies, may be
normalized as quickly as possible.
(d)
All departments/agencies and LGUs that are allocated with DRRM fund shall
submit to the NDRRMC their monthly statements on the utilization of DRRM fundsand make an accounting thereof in accordance with existing accounting and auditing
rules";
WHEREAS, in the General Appropriations Act of 2011, President Benigno Aquino
III vetoed disaster preparedness in the 5-billion peso Calamity Fund, stating in his message "Icaution the inclusion of pre-disaster activities such as preparation of relocation sites/facilities,
and training of personnel engaged in direct disaster in the use of the Calamity Fund. While
said purpose is laudable, the same must be weighed against the imperious need of maintaining
sufficient provision under the Calamity Fund for actual calamities and prevent its full
utilization for pre-disaster activities.";
WHEREAS, the veto pertaining to the disaster preparedness in the 2011 Calamity
Fund may have weakened pre-disaster efforts that should have reduced risks and raised
resilience against typhoons and other disasters;
WHEREAS, disaster preparation measures will alleviate the dire impact of typhoons
and natural disasters, saving millions of Filipino from possible death and displacement and
lessening the damage to livelihood and infrastructures;
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