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Palace: No politicking in People’s Survival Fund allotment

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The P1 billion People’s Survival Fund (PSF) will soon be ready to be accessed by the local government units for their climate change adaptation programs and projects, a Malacañang official said Saturday, October 24.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, who heads the PSF Board, has declared that the Call for Proposals for access to the survival fund would be on October 28.

“They wanted to make sure that it was very streamlined, it was very standard, that the systems are transparent to enable everyone to better access the fund,” said Valte.

“With the start of the call for proposals, magtutuloy-tuloy na po ‘yung proseso na inilatag ng batas na gumawa ng people’s survival fund,” she added.

Valte made her remarks after Senator Francis Escudero urged the government to immediately release of the PSF to help LGUs in efforts to mitigate the effects of natural disturbances caused by climate change.

The vice presidential aspirant issued his statement days after the country was battered by Typhoon Lando, which left 58 casualties and multi-million damage on infrastructures.

Escudero pressed that LGUs should be “more proactive” in addressing the root cause of climate change to be able to mitigate its effect.

LGUs are required to submit climate change mitigation and adaptation proposals to the Climate Change Commission, which serves as the secretariat of the PSF Board.

A shortlist will be made by the commission to be submitted to the PSF Board, which will choose the funding recipients.

Other members of the PSF Board are the National Economic Development Authority, Philippine Commission on Women, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and representatives from non-government organizations, business, and the academic and scientific community.

Valte assured that politics would not be involved in choosing the recipients of the survival funds.

“The reason why they wanted very clear guidelines on what proposals can and cannot be accepted was precisely for the fact that it has to facilitate equal access for everyone regardless of political affiliation,” she said.