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MANILA, Philippines- Malacanang made another assurance on Saturday that the Aquino government has enough resources to fund relief and reconstruction efforts in Bohol.

“We would like to assure ang mga kababayan natin sa Bohol na meron tayong namo-mobilize na mga pondo para mas makatulong sa pagbangon ulit ng Bohol,” Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

“So huwag tayong mag-alala, meron naman tayong sapat na pondo para doon sa pagtulong sa kanila, sa mga komunidad na tinamaan ng kalamidad sa Bohol.”

Valte reported that according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the government has approximately P2.3 billion in Quick Response fund under the different implementing agencies.

Quick Response Funds are standby allocations that are part of the budget that enables the government to provide quick assistance to areas struck by disasters.

The P2.3 billion Quick Response Fund allocation is as follows: Office of Civil Defense, P554 million; Department of National Defense, P326 million; Department of Education P455 million; Department of Agriculture, P196 million; and Department of Social Welfare and Development, P200 million.

The Quick Response Fund of the Department of Public Works and Highways, including its continuing appropriations is P600 million, according to Valte.

The DPWH has a huge task of repairing damaged bridges, roads and others infrastructures in Bohol following the October 15 earthquake that hit the province. (PNA)