Budget hearing for CDRRMC deferred for lack of officials

DISCUSSIONS for the investment plan of the City Disaster Risk Response and Management Center were deferred on second reading, as there was no representative from the office at Tuesday’s regular session.

Responders from Central 911, including CDRRMC head Emmanuel Jaldon, responded to the Mt. Apo fire Tuesday early morning and were already at the site as of Tuesday afternoon.

According to finance chair Danilo Dayanghirang, the item will have to be deferred until the proponents will be available.

The local disaster risk response and management fund has a total amount of P309.454 million, broken down into the mitigation fund and the quick response fund (QRF).

The mitigation fund makes up for P216.618 million, at 70%, while the QRF has a total amount of P92.84 million, at 30%.

According to a copy of the proposed investment plan, infrastructure had a total amount of P23 million, making up the construction of Central 911 satellite stations worth P15 million and the improvement of the Central 911 headquarters worth P8 million.

The satellite stations aim to be constructed to bring the emergency response systems closer to communities, while the headquarters upgrade aims to accommodate more rescue vehicles and personnel.

The non-infrastructure budget has a total of P193.618 million, comprising additional rescue equipment, communications equipment, early warning devices, medicines and medical supplies, medical equipment, information and educational systems, as well as a lot acquisition for a relocation site.

The non-infra budget also includes around P27 million for augmentation of Central 911 Emergency response center operations.

Emergency response from the QRF budget, worth P92.84 million, is allocated for disaster risk reduction and management, as well as relief and recovery.

According to a copy of the committee report, the funds will be sourced from the automatic allocation of 5% from the LGU budget, the unused LDRRMF budget from until five years ago, funds from the National Disaster Risk Reducation Management Fund upon approval of Malacanang, and funds received from other LGUs and other sources.

The report said the additional equipment and vehicles are meant to improve the city’s response for incidents such as floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides and other natural and man-made calamities.

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