DILG Secretary Mar Roxas. - Photo by inquirer.net
DILG Secretary Mar Roxas. – Photo by inquirer.net

Manila, Philippines – Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of Interior and Local Government Unit (DILG) defended on Monday the P1.2 billion allocated to informal settlers under the P90 billion budget of 2014.

Roxas lamented that the said amount has been part of the department’s budget since the time of the late Secretary Jesse Robredo.

He reported to the Senate committee on finance chaired by Sen. Francis Escudero that more or less 606 families have been relocated in San Juan prior to the Tropical Storm Maring.

Moreover, about P500 million is also allocated in 2014 budget for the performance-based challenge fund that aimed to give subsidy to qualified government units (LGUs) under the Local Government Performance Management Program for the operation of the priority projects to sustain the accomplishment of the millennium development goals.

Furthermore, the said budget also seeks to guarantee the implementation of the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Management of 2010 and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2009.

Meanwhile, Roxas said the budget includes the P1.547 billion for the Payapa Masaganang Pamayanan Program (Pamana), which shall be exclusively used in areas affected by conflict that was already identified by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

In the special provisions of the DILG on the P9.5 billion budget for the Office of the Secretary, about P76 million was appropriated for 2014 to develop the capacity of LGU on disaster risk management and climate change adaptation framework.

Written by:

Janice Tapil
ABCom, Leyte Normal University