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Iloilo City allocates P74.1M for disaster mgmt in 2014

By Lydia C. Pendon

ILOILO CITY, Nov. 28 (PNA) — This southern city has allocated some P74.12 million budget for its local disaster risk reduction and management (LDRRM) in for 2014.

The LDRRM Fund for 2014 will cover quick response and relief operations, disaster preparedness, prevention and mitigation, and recovery and rehabilitation.

City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, in convening the city disaster risk reduction and management council on Thursday, November 27, said the budget for local risk reduction and management, formerly known as the calamity fund, will cover the needs of the council committees composed of city government officials and volunteer groups.

Mabilog said a new P12 million 3-storey building will soon rise at the open space behind the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand covering the prevention and mitigation aspect of the LDRRM Fund Plan 2014 which provides infrastructure for resiliency against disaster.

The city mayor said the city engineer’s office will be undertaking the building construction starting January until December 2014. Ground area will be a six-vehicle garage while the second floor will serve as offices for the disaster risk management council command center, Iloilo City emergency response (ICER), storage for equipment and the Transportation Management and Traffic Regulation Office (TMTRO).

Third floor will be for the CCTV room, radio communications and conference hall while the roofdeck will be utilized for other meetings.

The quick response fund of P22.23 million based on the 30 percent LDRRMF will cover damage assessment, relief operations, search, rescue and retrieval operations, health, evacuation center, early recovery mechanism, evacuation management and food assistance and assistance to other LDRRMC under state of calamity. The sector will also have a contingency fund of P8.2 million.

The preparedness aspect will have funding of P51,43 million based on the 70 percent LDRRMF to cover P35,33 million subtotal for the purchase of equipment, operational expenses, early warning system, purchase of new ambulance, rapid emergency damage assessment system, community-based adaptation, local drills and simulation exercises, hazard, risk and vulnerability assessment, and relief and emergency medicines stockpiling.

Another portion will be for prevention and mitigation and recovery and rehabilitation which has a subtotal of P16.1 million. (PNA)

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