Local disaster council withdraws P100M investment plan proposal

THE CITY’s Local Disaster Risk Response and Management Council has withdrawn its request for the City Council to approve its P100 million fund investment plan for the city’s disaster program.

 Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, chair of the council’s committee on finance, said that Central 911 chief Emmanuel Jaldon, Jr., who also heads the City Disaster Risk Response and Management Office, has asked for more time to itemize the plans first before the city councilors discuss the measure.

 “They need more time,” Dayanghirang said.

 The item was initially calendared for first reading in today’s regular session.

 The finance committee was initially scheduled to file on first reading the item titled “the Revised Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund Investment Plan (LDRRMFIP) for calendar year 2017.”

 The plan was supposed to incorporate new programs in lieu of the Davao Riverbed Desiltation Program of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO).

 The item comes amid a Commission on Audit report asking the local government of Davao City to invest more in disaster funds.

 According to the 2016 annual audit report for Davao City, the city was not spending enough for preparations to mitigate disasters.

 The city, the report said, only used around 18% of available funds in terms of infrastructure, despite the local government code allowing the government to spend up to 5%  of its annual budget for disaster preparedness and response.

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