calamity funds - updates

Rappler's latest stories on calamity funds


[EDITORIAL] Taal fiasco: Walang plano, kapos sa pondo

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The Philippines is 9th in disaster-risk worldwide, located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, visited by 20 tropical cyclones every year, and has 74% of its population vulnerable to disasters. Yet government reduces our calamity fund by P22.9 billion since 2016

Cebu town releases P3.9 million disaster funds amid state of calamity

Dec 29, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Daanbantayan Mayor Sun Shimura says the disaster fund would be used for the purchase of tarpaulins for houses and waterproof plywood for boats damaged by Typhoon Ursula

DESTROYED. Several houses were destroyed in Barangay Carnaza in Daanbantayan, Cebu during the onslaught of Typhoon Ursula. Photo from Municipality of Daanbantayan FB page

DBM to release P490M for Boracay roads

May 02, 2018 - 10:20 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno also says P448 million was released to the Department of Labor and Employment for assistance to Boracay workers and residents

Part of calamity fund to be used for Boracay closure – DBM

Apr 11, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the P2 billion promised by President Rodrigo Duterte for the Boracay closure will be sourced from the calamity fund

BRIEFING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno holds a press briefing at the Department of Budget and Management on April 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of DBM

JV Ejercito acquitted of technical malversation in San Juan fund mess

Aug 11, 2017 - 11:49 AM

In his separate concurring opinion Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Karl Miranda says calamity funds can be used to buy firearms because this is considered part of disaster preparedness

Does the Philippines have enough funds to deal with disasters?

Jul 12, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Typhoon season is underway in the Philippines and some officials warn the funds for handling calamities may not be enough

Negros Oriental gov hits Ombudsman for delay in corruption case

Mar 31, 2017 - 1:08 PM

The doctrine of inordinate delay is used by respondents to seek the dismissal of their charges

NDRRMC to ask P78-B more from Congress for recovery efforts

Mar 14, 2017 - 5:21 PM

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council only about P5 8 billion is left of the NDRRMC fund which is not enough to fund recovery needs

Sandiganbayan orders arrest of Negros Oriental gov for fund misuse

Jan 25, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo must pay a P2 23 million bail for his temporary freedom

ARREST ORDER. Re-elected governor Roel Degamo awaits arrest after the Sandiganbayan affirmed graft and malversation charges against him over the alleged misuse of his province's calamity funds.

Negros Oriental gov misused calamity funds – Ombudsman

Jan 06, 2017 - 11:53 AM

UPDATED The Ombudsman finds that Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo illegally paid for infrastructure projects in 2012 using calamity funds

Gov't prosecutors appeal acquittal of JV Ejercito on graft

Jan 04, 2017 - 7:19 PM

Citing grave abuse of discretion by the anti graft court Sandiganbayan government prosecutors are moving for the reversal of the court’s resolution

PREVENTIVE SUSPENSION. Senator JV Ejercito faces criminal charges for alleged fund misuse when he was San Juan City mayor. Rappler file photo

Cagayan needs Yolanda-like rehab plan – Governor Mamba

Nov 06, 2016 - 11:20 PM

Super Typhoon Lawin Haima left P5 7 billion worth of damage to agriculture and P2 8 billion worth of damage to infrastructure in Cagayan

Recto: Calamity fund enough, challenge is to release aid fast

Oct 24, 2016 - 3:55 PM

With P37 billion in its calamity fund the Philippines should focus on simplifying and speeding up the process of releasing money for disaster hit areas says Senator Ralph Recto

Prosecutors press suspension of JV Ejercito, San Juan execs

Oct 19, 2016 - 7:22 PM

The Office of the Special Prosecutor says the Sandiganbayan resolution ordering the preventive suspension of the senator and 2 incumbent San Juan City officials has become final and executory

HARD QUESTION. Senator JV Ejercito says he does not want to comment on whether or not Senator Jinggoy Estrada is capable of committing plunder. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Court orders 90-day suspension of JV Ejercito, San Juan officials

Aug 23, 2016 - 11:08 AM

UPDATED I will not hesitate to do it again says Senator JV Ejercito of his decision to use calamity funds to buy high powered firearms for San Juan city s police department in 2008 the subject of his graft case before the Sandiganbayan

CHARGES. Senator JV Ejercito faces graft and malversation charges over alleged fund misuse when he was San Juan mayor. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Negros Oriental gov, 2 others face raps for calamity fund misuse

May 03, 2016 - 11:06 AM

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo provincial treasurer Danilo Mendez and provincial accountant Teodorico Reyes are facing malversation and gross negligence charges

CALAMITY FUND MISUSE. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says the 3 Negros Oriental officials led by their governor are liable for malversation and gross negligence.

Court orders arrest of JV Ejercito, 5 others over fund misuse

Apr 06, 2016 - 3:04 PM

UPDATED The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group is given a copy of the arrest warrant

Where can you access disaster funds?

Apr 03, 2016 - 1:08 PM

The Philippine DRRM Act established a disaster fund to respond to urgent needs during emergency situations

WATCH: The drought protest that turned bloody in Kidapawan

Apr 02, 2016 - 5:03 PM

Two farmers are killed and 116 are hurt during the dispersal of the drought protest in Kidapawan City on Friday April 1

DISPERSAL. A farmer grimaces in pain after police dispersed a protest in Kidapawan City. Photo by Kilab Multimedia

Graft, malversation charges filed vs JV Ejercito

Mar 30, 2016 - 11:48 AM

4th UPDATE The Ombudsman has denied the motions for reconsideration filed by the senator and 19 others paving the way for the filing of charges with the anti graft court over the alleged misuse of San Juan s calamity fund

CHARGES. Senator JV Ejercito faces graft and malversation charges over alleged fund misuse when he was San Juan mayor. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

COA goes after DND for P752-M unliquidated quick response fund

Nov 12, 2015 - 10:19 PM

The releases in 2014 should not have been approved because the various units under the defense department had yet to liquidate expenses in previous years

TYPHOON GLENDA. A Filipino girl collects a book on what is left of her home in the city of Muntinlupa, south of Manila, Philippines, July 17, 2014. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

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Nov 02, 2015 - 7:53 PM

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Davao City's calamity fund priorities questioned by auditors

Jun 20, 2015 - 11:00 AM

The Commission on Audit says Davao City s LDRRM office charged against the calamity fund expenses that were not disaster related

Recto wants post-budget document that tracks implementation

Nov 18, 2014 - 8:52 PM

Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says agencies should be required to report the execution of previously funded projects using the same line item format of the General Appropriations Act

BUDGET DOCUMENTS. Consisting of nine documents, budget documents measure almost one-foot thick and weigh around 11 kilos. Photo by Angela Casauay/

300 PH towns to get climate change funds by 2016

Oct 01, 2014 - 7:19 PM

A fund of around P40 million is proposed to help make Philippine towns more resilient to climate change and prepared for disasters

COA finds collusion in Malampaya Fund plunder

Jan 11, 2014 - 6:57 PM

Mayors are surprised and shocked that they supposedly benefitted from the Fund given their forged signatures in documents

Aquino signs P14.6-B supplemental budget

Jan 02, 2014 - 3:25 PM

The supplemental budget will be used for rehabilitation programs for areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan as well as previous disasters and calamities including typhoons Labuyo Odette Pablo Sendong Santi Vinta and Yolanda; the earthquake in Bohol and Cebu; and the Zamboanga City siege

CALAMITY FUND. The House of Representatives on Tuesday, December 3, approved the P14.6 supplemental budget. Photo by Rappler

Senate OKs P14.6-B supplemental budget

Dec 04, 2013 - 8:26 PM

Escudero provides a breakdown of how the funds will be used

CALAMITY FUND. The House of Representatives on Tuesday, December 3, approved the P14.6 supplemental budget. Photo by Rappler

Bicam conference for 2014 budget set on December 9

Nov 30, 2013 - 5:28 PM

This gives Congress enough time to discuss even the proposed supplemental budget for calamities

ONE DAY. Senate Finance committee chair Francis Escudero says they are doing pre-bicameral meetings to speed up the bicameral conference on December 9. File photo from Escudero's Facebook page. Photo by Alex Nueva Espana

2013 disaster fund gets extra lump sum

Nov 25, 2013 - 7:38 PM

Congress files resolutions seeking to extend the validity of all unused allotments for 2013 and to repurpose the unused P14 6 B PDAF

AFTERMATH. The government has started mapping rehabilitation plans for areas devastated by Haiyan. Photo by Rappler/Vincent Go

Congress wants to extend validity of 2013 calamity fund

Nov 24, 2013 - 3:27 PM

Drilon says there is an estimated P20 8 billion worth of combined appropriations from the calamity fund and other disaster and relief related programs in the budgets of selected line agencies

Budget reallocated; P26.84B available for Yolanda relief

Nov 12, 2013 - 9:30 PM

A breakdown of where the national government will get how much for the immediate needs of the affected provinces according to the budget department

DECIMATED. Residents walk through debris and toppled power lines in Tacloban City, Leyte on November 10, 2013, three days after devastating Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the city on November 8, but other areas have yet to be reached. AFP/Ted Aljibe

Task: Locate teachers in disaster areas

Nov 12, 2013 - 3:09 PM

Temporary learning spaces will be set up once school officials are accounted for says Education Secretary Armin Luistro

Senate eyes P10B rehab fund for Yolanda victims

Nov 11, 2013 - 4:06 PM

Escudero says the Senate is eyeing putting up a special rehabilitation fund in the budget and will include safeguards against corruption

P3.3B available for quake victims – Abad

Oct 25, 2013 - 6:28 PM

A combined P1 billion remains of the President s calamity and contingency funds; P2 3 billion will come from quick response funds of 6 agencies

Palace won't touch impounded PDAF

Oct 23, 2013 - 9:00 PM

After the House Speaker it s the budget secretary who says that Senate President Drilon s idea of realigning the PDAF withheld by the Supreme Court cannot be done

HANDS ARE TIED. Budget Secretary Abad (right) says the Palace will rather wait for the Supreme Court to lift the TRO on the pork barrel. File photo

Why cultural sustainability means investing in people

Oct 22, 2013 - 10:52 AM

Sustainable tourism is transformative; it should uplift the lives of the communities and local people

Getting around TRO? Drilon files reso realigning PDAF

Oct 21, 2013 - 8:31 PM

The Senate President says senators pork barrel impounded by the Supreme Court can be considered abandoned and can be realigned as calamity fund

Senate file photo

P5.95-B in calamity funds still available

Aug 07, 2012 - 5:00 PM

Should the funds not be enough Abad says the government is ready to augment the QRF and the Calamity Fund

OVERWHELMED. Metro streets became rivers and seas as incessant rainfall on August 7, 2012 submerged large portions of Metro Manila, such as this street in Las Piñas, in murky floodwaters. Photo by Lauralyn Quesada

DBM: P24-B allotted for disaster, environment projects

Feb 16, 2012 - 12:44 PM

Allocations include P7 5 B Calamity Fund P367 M for state weather bureau PAGASA P12 3 B for DPWH flood control projects

Gov't OKs P1-B for 'Sendong' victims

Dec 21, 2011 - 6:00 PM

The additional amount will be sourced from government savings