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DILG calls on unaffected LGUs to help typhoon Ondoy calamity areas

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (5 October) -- All local government units (LGU) of Northern Mindanao have been called to help the other regions in addressing the impacts of the devastation brought about by Typhoon Ondoy.

Regional Director Loreto T. Bhagwani of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), region 10, said they are now coordinating with and appealing to the unaffected LGU's of region 10 to extend financial assistance to concerned LGU's in the calamity areas of the National Capital Region (NCR) and in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A, 4-B and 5.

"In the event of non-cash assistance, however, the LGU's should see to it that effective coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is made relative to the handling, shipment and distribution of goods and commodities to the beneficiaries," he said.

As provided by law, five (5) percent of the estimated revenue from regular sources shall be set aside as annual lump sum appropriations for relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and other works or services in connection with calamities which may occur during the budget year.

Bhagwani said Sec. 5 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 8185 states that LGU's may also allocate or use a portion of the 5% calamity fund to other affected areas on condition that the said areas are declared as under the state of calamity by the Sanggunian concerned.

Likewise, it provides that a portion of the calamity fund may also be authorized to be used by the LGU concerned to provide financial assistance to other LGU's whose area or portion, thereof, had been declared under the state of calamity by its Sanggunian.

Meanwhile, Bhagwani said, relief operations refer to activities undertaken to provide emergency assistance to victims of calamity usually through the provision of temporary shelter, relief goods or commodities.

On the other hand, rehabilitation means the restoration to the former living conditions of the community affected by the calamity while reconstruction includes the rebuilding, repair or replacement of public facilities, building and other infrastructure or parts, thereof, destroyed or damaged during the occurrence of calamity.

Other works also refer to services undertaken in the course of rehabilitation or reconstruction, such as, but not limited to medical services, repair of equipment, financial assistance to calamity victims and those essential to disaster control and management. (PIA 10) [top]

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