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Sobra-sobra pa: Gatchalian says there is enough calamity fund for 2020

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There is “enough” calamity fund to be used this year despite the reduced budget for disaster response in the 2020 national appropriation.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian stressed this on Friday adding that the calamity fund for 2020 was cut because of the unused 2019 calamity fund. “Hindi siya kapos dahil yung 2019 na hindi nagamit, inilagay naman sa 2020.”

“Nabawasan ‘yan dahil noong huling taon hindi naman nagamit. Iyung 2019 na hindi nagamit, inilagay sa 2020,” the senator from Valenzuela said.

“So, hindi kumpleto ang picture na nabawasan ito ng P4 billion dahil nadagdagan naman dahil sa 2019 na budget,” Gatchalian said in a separate interview.

He said that the calamity fund for 2019 was left “untouched” due to the five-month delay in the signing of the 2019 budget law. Likewise, no major disaster hit the country middle of 2019 so the fund was also not use.

He said that the “leftover available balance,” as of November 30, 2019 amounted to P11,038,987,753.

“During the discussion, I remember itong calamity fund natin for 2020 binawasan dahil nga ‘yung 2019 hindi nagamit,” Gatchalian said.

“At kung matatandaan natin nag pass ng resolution ang Congress para i-extend ‘yung validity (ng 2019 national budget). So, hindi tama na nabawasan kasi kapag inipon-ipon mo ‘yun, sobra-sobra pa ‘yun,” he said.

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