NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said the Provincial Government will utilize its calamity funds after the May 9 elections to avoid criticisms that it would be used for election purposes.
He said the province is still in the process of identifying and validating those who were affected by El Niño, which has brought total damage and losses of P415 million to the province’s agriculture sector
“The government should make sure that those who will avail of the assistance are legitimate recipients,” the governor said. “It will be distributed mostly likely after elections so that we will not be criticized of using public funds during this period.”
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund for this year is P133.5 million, of which 30 percent or P40 million is allocated as quick response fund.
The remaining 70 percent, amounting to P93.45 million, was allocated as preparation, prevention, and mitigation funds.
Localities that have declared a state of calamity are Hinobaan, Pontevedra, Hinigaran, Cauayan, Sipalay City, and Silay City. (TDE)