By Francis Wakefield
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Executive Director Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad Wednesday said that additional fund is needed for war-torn Marawi City.
Jalad, who is also the concurrent Administrator of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), said this came about after the TFBM Executive Committee conducted consultations at the TFBM Field Office located in Marawi City last January 18-19, 2019.
Also attending the meeting was Adoracion Navarro of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and members of the Executive Committee which include Assistant Secretary Ranjie Bartolo of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), who heads the TBFM’s National Secretariat and representatives from both the local government units of Marawi City and the Province of Lanao del Sur.
Jalad said the two-day consultation was comprised of separate meetings with the various chairpersons of TFBM sub-committees whereby their respective sub-committee’s proposed programs, projects and activities (PPAs) for 2019 were scrutinized by the Executive Committee to ensure that all of them are above board, vital to the attainment of the TFBM’s mandate, consistent with the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (BMCRRP), and most importantly, was concurred by the two local governments
While the consultation was deemed productive and was warmly welcomed by said local government units, Jalad said the same revealed that the proposed PPAs by agencies of the national government, the ARMM, and the pertinent LGUs now amount to a total of more than P12 billion for 2019.
“That need crop up after our initial review of the proposed projects from various implementing agencies. Although still subject to more thorough review, initial fund requirements sum up to P12 billion,” Jalad said.
“The proposed 2019 budget allocated only P3.5 billion for Marawi as part of the NDRRM fund. Although those projects can also be funded out of the regular NDRRMF, we are recommending augmentation of the P3.5 billion to ensure supportability,” he added.
Jalad said given that the Marawi component of the 2019 National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRM) Fund, also known as the Marawi Rehabilitation, Recovery, and Reconstruction Program (MRRRP), in the General Appropriations Act 2019 is only P3.5 billion, a potential funding shortage may occur in the implementation of the project
“We are eyeing P8.5 billion additional which hopefully our lawmakers will provide from the P75 billion that was removed from the budget,” Jalad said.
“Relative thereto, the member agencies of TFBM fervently hope for augmentation of the budget allocated in the 2019 GAA for the rehabilitation and recovery of Marawi City and other areas affected by the Marawi siege,” he added.
With regards to foreign donated funds, the amount is P36.9 million.
“We have some donated funds with OCD but not that much. It’s about P36.9 million. Those are the only fund donations for Marawi that I am aware of,” Jalad said.