Barangay LGUs urged to
tap 70% out of 5% calamity fund for disaster preparedness
By BONG PEDALINO, PIA Southern
January 20, 2012
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – Under the new law that governs disaster risk reduction and
management even right at the barangay level, two-thirds out of the 5%
budget intended for calamity fund can be used for pro-active,
But first, these
preparedness activities must be outlined in the Annual Disaster Plan
(ADP), said Jason Calva, Consultant on a special project that used the
power of cellular phones to warn people in selected nine towns and one
city around the province of an impending tragedy mostly caused by
officially called Strengthening Disaster Preparedness using SMS
technology, was financed by the World Bank and fully supported by
Smart Communications and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP).
During the cable TV
program “Action Center” Wednesday where he was the guest, Calva said
the project which began in the last quarter of 2010 was about to end
in June this year, and plans were already laid out to sustain it and
roll it over to other towns not previously covered.
Calva said Smart
Communications provided cell phones with one hundred pesos worth of
free monthly electronic loads to fifty barangays chosen as pilot
areas, and concerns were raised as to where to get funds for these
loads once the project will be over.
It was at this point
where Calva revealed a financial resource in the form of 70% out of
the 5% calamity fund in the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share of
As example, he said
that a barangay with an annual IRA of P1 Million has P50,000 budget
representing 5% calamity fund, and 70% out of this budget was P35,000,
a fund that can well provide for P100 monthly load, or P1,200 a year,
as part of disaster preparedness, among other activities.
The remaining 30%
or P15,000 based on the example given will be reserved for the actual
use of relief operations when a disaster does happen, but a
declaration of a state of calamity must be done first before this
money can be used, Calva further explained.