Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Friday, November 6, has renewed his appeal to the Department of Budget and Management to consider augmenting the calamity fund of local government units severely hit by Super Typhoon Rolly recently.

Go urged the DBM to provide replenishment of calamity funds in typhoon-hit areas, particularly in Regions IV-A, IV-B and V, by augmenting their local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund equivalent to 1% of their respective Internal Revenue Allotments.

“Inuulit ko po ang aking apela sa DBM na pag-aralan ang pagbibigay ng karagdagang pondo para sa mga LGUs na pinakanaapektuhan ng Bagyong Rolly. Kahit at least 1% lang po ay i-replenish ninyo, malaki nang tulong ito,” Go said.

“Malaki po ang magagawa ng pondong ito upang mapunan ang mga pangangailangan ng kanilang mga komunidad, lalo na’t naubos na ang kanilang naunang pondo dahil sa pandemya,” he added.

Go’s appeal came after calls for assistance from affected LGUs as their calamity funds have been exhausted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and by the recent string of typhoons that hit the country the past months.

Go also suggested that the executive department may explore the possibility for incremental provision of additional funds to severely affected LGUs depending on the extent of the needs of communities and on the availability of funds.

Go earlier said that providing additional financial assistance to the typhoon-hit LGUs will be a big help for them in purchasing food products and other essential items for affected constituents.

“I’m appealing to the executive, kay Pangulong Duterte, kay [DBM] Sec. [Wendel] Avisado na tulungan po ‘yung mga LGUs na wala na pong calamity fund para po magamit nila dito sa typhoon, pambili ng pagkain, pambili po ng gamot, dahil sunod-sunod po itong disaster na ating kinakaharap,” Go said earlier.

Before Super Typhoon “Rolly” made a landfall, Go said that he has already informed Avisado that LGUs will face a big problem given that most of their respective calamity funds have already been utilized in their respective COVID-19 responses.

“Ngayon, nabigla sila dahil sa bagyo, so baka kulang o wala na silang gagamitin para magbigay ng tulong sa mga apektado ng bagyo,” he added.

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