Taal commission proposed

ALBAY Rep. Joey Salceda has filed a measure creating the Taal Commission.

In House Bill 5977, Salceda said the commission will be the primary agency of the national government for relief, resettlement, rehabilitation and livelihood services for Taal disaster victims.

The act will be called Taal Eruption Recovery, Rehabilitation and Adaptation (TERRA) Act of 2020.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Durterte appealed to Congress to pass a supplemental budget of at least P30 billion for the victims of Taal Volcano eruption.

Salceda, chairman of the House Ways and Means Cmmittee, said that the commission is badly needed because it is the policy of the State to address the immediate need for assistance and disaster relief among communities adversely affected by severe volcanic activity of Taal and the after-effects of such activity.

The House leader also said that government should ensure that economic and social life return to a state of normalcy at the earliest possible time.

“Furthermore, it shall be the policy of the State to develop a long-term socioeconomic reconstruction program for communities most directly impacted by Taal’s activity, embedding adaptation in infrastructure and social investments,” he stressed.

Under the proposal, the commission term will only be seven years from its organization; provided that the President will extend it for another six months to three years.