Relief, funds for Mayon evacuees | BICOL TODAY

Relief, funds for Mayon evacuees

Photo by Rico De Mesa Manallo

By Elmer James Bandol

LEGAZPI CITY — The next question is WHEN? hangs like Damocles sword for Mayon evacuees in tremendous increased number reaching to 60,564 persons after the live volcano showed series of eruptive events, lava fountaining and phreatic eruptions which triggered voluminous ashfall affecting barangays beyond 8-kilometer danger zone.

In a conference today by the Bicol Regional Disaster Risk Reduction & Mitigation Council (BRRMC) with Albay Gov Al Francis Bichara, it was bared that Quick Response Fund (QRF) for immediate support to any given disaster is available from national government agencies.

Department of Social Welfare & Development (DSWD) Bicol Dir Arnel Garcia reported that “in transit” is 206 million food packs intended for evacuees including items for women hygiene 2,000 toys for children. Said relief items intended for Mayon evacuees for distribution the soonest possible

Earlier, according to Garcia, DSWD has “prepositioned” 2.5 million food relief since the volcano’s looming eruption.

Department of the Interior & Local Government (DILG) is monitoring the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of all local government units (LGUs) in relation to its disaster fund disbursement.

DILG Dir Luisa Pier Pastor said that 30% for disaster fund has not been released by the Department of Budget & Management (DBM), however, she was informed by the same agency that P5billion was given and taken from 2018 budget priority for Albay due to increasing number of evacuees. The said money, however, still hanging as to when it could be downloaded to the needy.

Albay province has 60,564 persons to be fed that are temporarily sheltered at 195 evacuation rooms with 21,749 school children displaced while working on a budget of P7.4million monthly from saved calamity fund. “This is not enough, Dr. Cedric Daep opined. []

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