The House of Representatives has put up the Disaster Relief Fund to ensure immediate financial support during emergency relief operations in disaster-stricken areas.

House Resolution 1484, principally authored by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (1st District, Davao del Norte), was adopted as HR 76 in the plenary. It seeks to establish the “Disaster Relief Fund of the House of Representatives” as an identifiable, reliable and readily-available source of funds for disaster relief operations.

The resolution will provide the House a structured and consistent process of raising funds and giving immediate financial assistance to disaster-stricken areas.

It said the Philippines is prone to high incidence of natural calamities, such as typhoons, floods, storm surges, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and droughts gave the country’s geographical location and physical environment.

Aside from natural calamities, the country also experiences man-made disasters,  such as urban or structural fires, epidemic or disease outbreak, oil spillage, terrorist attacks, and other emergencies.

According to Alvarez,  poverty and the impact of climate change further, exacerbate the vulnerability of many Filipinos.

“The severity of natural calamities in the country has dramatically increased in the past several years and the incidence of these disasters, whether natural or human-induced, will always be a challenge that many House Members will have to cope within their respective constituencies during their incumbency,” the Speaker said.

The resolution provides that the House Disaster Relief Fund shall be initially funded by the voluntary contributions from the House members through a one-time deduction of at least P10,000 from their monthly salary.

Any House Member may authorize the Accounting Service to deduct higher amounts from their monthly salary as a contribution to the Disaster Relief Fund or signify their intention to be excluded in the salary deduction scheme to raise funds for the Disaster Relief Fund. #