Angara eyes disaster plans during budget talks

Posted at 08/09/12 2:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Edgardo J. Angara ensured that the Senate will focus on the government’s disaster management plan when members start to deliberate on the 2013 national budget.

In a statement, Angara said: “When we deliberate on the national budget for next year, we will scrutinize the government's disaster management plan. We expect it--and will require it--to be anchored on risk reduction, mitigation, and adaption.”

He noted that if the heavy rainfalls have indeed become the “new normal,” as described yesterday by a Cabinet official, the “government ought to be implementing strategies it has not done so before.”

Civil Defense chief Benito Ramos said on Thursday that at least 1.95 million people have been affected by floods. He appealed for more relief efforts, with floods across the metropolis unlikely to recede in the next few days.

“We condole with the thousands of families throughout Metro Manila and Luzon who lost loved ones and homes, and who suffered immensely due to the devastating rains and flooding,” Angara said.

He said, however, that beyond the relief and rehabilitation efforts, the government should also focus on “long-term solutions that will reduce our risks and vulnerabilities--and prevent such disastrous impacts from happening again.”