By: InterAksyon.com November 20, 2013 12:27 PM
MANILA, Philippines -- Twelve days after super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) struck the country, cutting a path of death and destruction through the central regions, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II on Wednesday asked local government units to release part of their disaster response funds to their counterparts in devastated municipalities.
A statement released by his office said Roxas has issued a “Memorandum Circular enjoining assistance and support to LGUs heavily devastated by the super typhoon from other LGUs.”
“Ito ay panahon ng pagtutulong-tulong. Ang mga nasalanta nating kababayan ay nangangailangan ng tulong (This is the time to help each other. Our affected countrymen need help). This is the time for LGUs not affected by the super typhoon to help. I have authorized the use of portions of their disaster fund for this purpose,” Roxas said in the statement.
Republic Act 10121, or the Philippine Risk Reduction Management Act, requires at least five percent of LGUs’ revenues for a “Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund.”
Roxas’ circular provides the legal basis for the release of part of the donating LGUs’ QRF, his office said.
In urging LGUs to release the funds, Roxas, who is also vice chairman of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, said many local governments in towns and cities ravaged by Yolanda “are unable to effectively respond to the situation until now.”
He cited “severely affected … poor municipalities in Leyte and Samar provinces, Capiz and Iloilo.”