MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has clarified a recently published article on the use of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (NDRRMF).
In its press release dated April 4, the department said, “With the enactment of the FY 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA), Republic Act (RA) No. 11518, and the extension of the validity of the FY 2020 GAA, RA No. 11465, the NDRRMF has a total available appropriation of P25.135-billion as of January 01, 2021.”
This, the DBM said, is broken down as follows:
- NDRRM Program – 13,439,188,981.00
- Marawi Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program (MRRRP) – 5,008,187,890.00
- Comprehensive Aid to Repair Earthquake Damage (CARED) – 4,688,064,133.00
- Insurance Premium – 2,000,000,000.00
The DBM said the utilization of these appropriations is covered by pertinent Special Provisions of the GAA based on their specific purposes, and that releases are made “based on the approval of the Office of the President (OP) on the recommendation of the NDRRM Council.”
Aside from specific purposes such as the MRRRP and CARED, the appropriations under the NDRRM Program may be used for disaster risk reduction or mitigation, and on prevention and preparedness activities, the statement said.
Additionally, it may also be used for “reconstruction, rehabilitation, repair, aid, relief, and other works or services, in connection with the occurrence of natural or human-induced calamities, epidemics as declared by the DOH, crises resulting from armed conflicts, insurgency, terrorism, and other catastrophes occurring in the current or two (2) preceding years.”
The DBM said that, as of April 30, 2021, it has already released a total of P2.909-billion in allotments.
The agency is also processing an “additional P2.779-billion based on recent approvals from the OP covering disaster-related programs and projects in response to calamities occurring from 2018 to 2021.”
The remaining P19.445-billion appropriations, it said, will be used based on the specific purposes and allotments.
Such will be released by the DBM to appropriate Departments and Agencies upon receipt of the corresponding approvals from the Office of the President.