House members donate portion of salary to quake victims-A A +A
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
MEMBERS of the House of Representatives will make a one-time donation of P10,000 each from their monthly salaries for the victims of the deadly October 15 earthquake, which struck the provinces of Bohol and Cebu.
At present, the House of Representatives has 294 members.
On Tuesday night, House Resolution 413 providing financial assistance to the earthquake victims was approved in the House plenary.
Meanwhile, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. rejected the plea of Bohol Representative Rene Relampagos on a joint resolution using the government savings this year to augment the calamity fund. A joint resolution, according to the website of the House of Representatives, has the force and effect of a law.
Instead, the House of Representatives passed a reworded House resolution urging President Benigno Aquino III to use the savings for the recent calamities, including the Zamboanga standoff and the flooding in several areas in Luzon.
"I object to the word 'authorizing'... it means (the president) has no powers. I’ve always maintained that the president has the power to augment existing items," Belmonte said.
Meanwhile, the Speaker's daughter, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte said the Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc. (CSFI) will seek P20,000 each from their members. The total amount will then be donated through the spouses or relatives of congressmen whose districts were affected by the earthquake.
"Mrs. Relampagos (Bohol) told me they need in kind such as blankets, goods for those in the evacuation center. What we will do is to give her cash because her area is far," the younger Belmonte told reporters.
The Vice Mayor also disclosed that the QC government, through the city council, has made a donation to the CSFI worth P2 million. (Sunnex)