Disaster risk body seeks bigger 2018 budget

PDRRMC proposes P125million fund for 2018 (file photo)

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) is proposing a P125-million disaster fund for 2018.

According to PDRRM Officer Cruzalde Ablaña, the Council members met Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 25, at the Provincial Capitol to approve the 2018 disaster fund, which is higher than 2017’s P112 million.

In the 2018 disaster fund, the PDRRMC included the purchase of firetrucks and more advanced, all-weather ambulance, Ablaña told Palawan News by phone.

“We included them in the next year’s budget since we don’t have these badly needed equipments, especially the 4×4 ambulance that can reach remote, terrain places,” he said.

As provided by R.A. 10121 or the Philippine DRRM Act of 2010, 70% of the disaster fund will go to disaster prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, and rehabilitation and recovery.

The remaining 30%, meanwhile, will go to quick response fund which will be utilized after the declaration of calamity state.

Also tackled in the Council meeting are the upcoming activities this first week of December.

These include the Incident Command System (ICS), an executive course on Dec. 4 aimed at orienting the Council members on the mandate of concerned government agencies in disaster response.

“The purpose of the ICS is to centralize the instruction with only one commanding and synchronizing the responses, so as to avoid the duplication of efforts, activities and resources in times of disaster,” he said.

On Dec. 5-8, the PDRRMO will be holding an inter-agency contingency planning workshop to ascertain the roles of each agency involved in disaster response.


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