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Apr 15, 2016 @ 1:12

Recto to Malacañang: Release El Niño-mitigation funds now

MALACAÑANG should immediately release Congress-approved El Niño funds, as preemptive measures are needed to avert a national crisis caused by widespread drought, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said on Thursday.

Recto said the government must act with a sense of urgency and download billions of pesos in Calamity Fund and Quick Response Fund (QRF) to prevent a repeat of the Kidapawan tragedy.

“The dry spell is real. Now is the time to release the funds approved by Congress to shield the country from the wrath of the El Niño. Tomorrow may be too late,” he said in a statement.



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