BIRD FLU UPDATES. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol holds a press conference on avian influenza at the Department of Agriculture office in Quezon City. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he has already identified P31 million from the Quick Response Fund for the initial payment of affected farmers
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) will begin paying farm owners affected by the avian influenza or bird flu outbreak in Pampanga starting next week.
Continue reading DA to start paying farm owners affected by bird flu outbreak RUBBLE. Police tape surround a damaged building in Leyte after the earthquake in July. Photo by Gelo Litonjua Undersecretary Alain Pascua says school buildings have suffered around P2 billion worth of damage following recent typhoons and earthquakes, but they have means to fund the repairs
MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 17, 2017) — The Department of Education (DepEd) is calling for the revival of its Quick Response Fund (QRF) to repair schools damaged by typhoons and earthquakes in the past months.
Continue reading DepEd wants to revive repair funds for calamity-hit schools Image by Rappler.com But the department insists it used its Quick Response Fund correctly, saying that their role in disaster involves organizing, training, and equipping first responders from the AFP
MANILA, Philippines (May 11, 2017) — The defense department spent close to P75 million in “unauthorized expenses” from its Quick Response Fund (QRF), the Commission on Audit (COA) said in a report released Wednesday, May 10.
Continue reading COA sees ‘unauthorized expenses’ in 2016 DND disaster funds AID NEEDED. State auditors said the OCD should have immediately used up its quick response funds to aid Yolanda victims. In 2014, state auditors criticized the Office of Civil Defense for its slow use of the funds, which should have been used to help victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda
MANILA, Philippines (May 24, 2016) — Two years since the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) over central Philippines, the P923.154-million quick response fund (QRF) of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) has been used, the Commission on Audit (COA) said.
Continue reading OCD finally uses up ‘idle’ funds for Yolanda victims after 2 years THIRSTY RICE. Palay is particularly sensitive to drought conditions because it depends on a stable supply of water to grow. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler P11.8 billion will be used for the expansion of irrigation across the country, while the remaining P500 million is for NIA’s Quick Response Funds
MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 2, 2016) — The budget department announced on Wednesday, March 2, that it had released to the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) some P12.3 billion ($ 260.1 million), including funds to address the impact of El Niño this year.
Continue reading DBM releases P12.3 billion in irrigation funds