The National Government is ready to respond to possible landfall of Typhoon Hagupit. The government through its different agencies has quick response funds worth PhP4.69 billion.
“The departments are equipped with Quick Response Funds (QRFs), standby funds that they can readily access when emergencies or disasters occur. They can use these funds to mobilize the necessary resources and manpower to extend relief and immediate assistance to victims.” Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said.
Department of Agriculture has Php406M, Department of Education with Php564M, Department of Health Php500M, Department of National Defense Php448M, Office of Civil Defense Php764M, Department of Social Welfare and Development Php1.01B, Department of Transportation and Communications has Php1B.
“Given our country’s location along the typhoon-belt in the Pacific, the National Government knows it must prepare for any calamity. But we cannot predict the future. That’s why it’s essential that our national budgets have special purpose funds (SPFs) like the QRFs and the NDRRMF to address any contingency,” says Abad.