THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P662.5 million to replenish the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s quick response fund (QRF).
The money will be used to buy family food packs, including rice, for victims of calamities and disasters, DBM said yesterday.
According to the DSWD, P134.7 million or nearly a quarter of the QRF was used for victims of Typhoon Ompong, the Budget department said in a statement.
“The QRF is tapped to normalize the situation and living conditions of people and communities affected by calamities. It is lodged under the budget of selected agencies for quick response,” Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said.
Under the 2018 General Appropriations Act, P7.6 billion has been set aside for the QRF and is lodged under the following agencies: P1.25 billion, DSWD; P2 billion, Department of Education; P1 billion, Department of Public Works and Highways; P1.0 billion, Department of Agriculture; P750 million, DND-Armed Forces of the Philippines; P500 million, Department of Health; P500 million, Department of National Defense-Office of the Civil Defense; P500 million, National Irrigation Administration; and P100 million, National Electrification Administration.
The government has also provided P19.6 billion for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (NDRRMF) this year.
The fund may be used for the reconstruction, rehabilitation, repair, aid, relief, and other works or services, including pre-disaster activities, in connection with natural calamities and epidemics declared by the DoH.
The money may also be used for other crises resulting from armed conflicts, insurgency, terrorism, and other catastrophes occurring in the current or two preceding years.