Flood control budget 50% higher for 2013

Posted at 08/12/2012 4:30 PM | Updated as of 08/13/2012 8:30 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Flood control may get P18.2 billion in next year’s budget, higher by almost 50% from this year’s appropriation.

In a statement, LPG-MA Party-list Rep. Arnel Ty said another P7.5 billion has been earmarked for the calamity fund for 2013.

Both amounts are contained in the proposed P2.006-trillion General Appropriations Act for 2013.

Ty, a member of the House committee on public order and safety, said that as weather conditions become more extreme, a greater number of communities would likely be distressed by flooding in the years ahead.

The P18.2 billion, under the Department of Public Works and Highways, is intended for flood barriers, embankment support, slope protection, and flood-mitigating structures in waterways.

He also said another P983 million will be set aside for extra solid waste disposal services in Metro Manila's 16 cities and the lone municipality of Pateros.

He also said the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission may receive some P360 million to revitalize estuaries. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, on the other hand, would be given P150 million to help improve and preserve the water quality of Manila Bay.

He also noted around P3.9 billion in Quick Response Funds has been "implanted" into key agencies, but are meant to ensure immediate disaster relief and rehabilitation operations.