PNoy eyes gov't savings for quake victims
MANILA - President Benigno Aquino on Monday said the government still has about P176 million in calamity funds.
Aquino said that they have a pending request of P7 billion from various agencies for relief and rehabilitation efforts in quake-damaged areas.
The Department of Public Works and Highways, for example, needs around P500 million to repair damaged national roads and bridges in Bohol.
Existing calamity funds, however, would not be enough, even with P824 million in contingency funds, Aquino said.
The President said the government can realign savings to augment calamity and contingency funds.
The government has P20 billion in savings, he added.
Meanwhile, Aquino said that the government has allotted over 100,000 food packs for Bohol, which he said are more than enough to feed the 30,000 families directly affected by the earthquake.
A food pack is enough to feed a family of 5 for 3 days.
However, he said that the government has not anticipated to feed families who would be afraid to go back to their houses because of the aftershocks.
The President said that they have already distributed relief good to every affected community. "I am assured that there is no community that is not being taken care of," he said.