DBM releases funds for irrigation, El Niño mitigation
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P11.8 billion to the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) for irrigation expansion, as well as the P500-million Quick Response Fund to mitigate the effects of El Niño, said Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.
“This latest release, which is part of NIA’s budget this year, will go towards Irrigation Network Services and Locally-funded Projects. The remaining portion of NIA’s P32.7 billion budget for 2016 will follow once the agency submits the necessary documentary requirements,” Abad said.
Irrigation Network Services involves the extension and expansion of existing irrigation systems; repair, operation, and maintenance of pumping systems; repair of groundwater systems; irrigation management support services; rehabilitation of irrigation works damaged by Typhoon Yolanda; and climate change adaptation works.
Abad said aside from the P500-million El Niño mitigation fund, agencies could use their budgets, as long as they fall under the programs, activities and projects inherent to the agency’s mandate.
He said government cannot identify yet the savings that could be used as interventions for El Niño since it is just the first quarter.
“Agencies may also use the QRF to serve as stand-by fund to normalize the condition of peoples and communities in areas under state of calamity,” he said.
If the regular budget and QRF are not enough, Abad said agencies may request for the release of additional funds to be charged against the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (NDRRMF).