Zamboanga lead LGUs using quick response fund without state of calamity – COA

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The Zamboanga Peninsula lead the 12 local government units (LGUs) in 2015 which charged P31.8 million of its projects against the quick response fund (QRF) even without the declaration of a state of calamity.

In its consolidated report on the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), the Commission on Audit (COA) said there are 12 LGUs which charged its DRRM activities worth P31,792,359.72 to the QRF despite the absence of a declaration of state of calamity.

The following LGUs used the following QRF without a declaration of state of calamity:

One LGU from Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula) – P19.9 million
One LGU from Region IV-A (Calabarzon) – P5.98 million
Two LGUs from the Cordillera Administrative Region – P3.92 million
One LGU from Region III (Central Luzon) – no indicated amount
Two LGUs from Region VIII (Eastern Visayas) – P1,323,680
One LGU from Region IV-B (Mimaropa) – P402,004.42
Two LGUs from Region I (Ilocos) – P180,000
One LGU from Region VI (Western Visayas) – P44,875.3
One LGU from Region VII (Central Visayas) – P35,000
This runs counter to Section 5.1.3 of COA Circular 2012-002, which states that the release and use of the DRRM fund should be supported by the Local Sanggunian resolution and the declaration of state of calamity for the use of the QRF.

Under Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Act, the QRF is a stand-by fund for relief and recovery programs so that the situation and living conditions of people in communities or areas struck by disasters or calamities would go back to normal as quickly as possible.