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MANILA, Philippines – United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) questioned the Department of Interior and Local Government Unit (DILG) 2014 budget of about P1.9 billion that has been allocated for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction management, potable water supply and housing projects.

Toby Tiangco, Secretary General of UNA and also a representative of Navotas, emphasized that the said projects are not the responsibilities of the DILG but rather of specific agencies.

Tiangco questioned the P76 million allocated budget for climate change adaptation and disaster risk management, P573 million for potable water supply in waterless barangays and municipalities and P1.25 billion for housing intended for informal settlers in Metro Manila from flood-prone and critical areas.

“Looking at the figure alone is no brainer. That’s a whopping P1.9 billion funds for programs that are anyway already being done by other government agencies,” Tiangco said.

“Why would we give extra appropriations to the DILG for housing, water system and climate change when there is already budgetary support for key government agencies handling these concerns? Are climate change and housing core competencies of the DILG?” Tiangco asked.

UNA is a political multi-party electoral alliance in the Philippines and coalition between the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) and the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).

Written by:

Janice Tapil
ABCom, Leyte Normal University