Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago filed two legislative measures Monday to fund relief operations, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of areas devastated by Typhoon Ondoy.
One of them is Senate Bill No. 3461 appropriating P 10 B to fund disaster management efforts in the wake of the storm that brought record breaking rainfall. Dubbed as the Ondoy Fund, P 8 B of the appropriation will come from the proceeds from the Road Users Tax while the remaining P 2 B will be sourced from local government units.
“The road tax should have been used for road maintenance and drainage systems in the first place. What could have been used as preventive measures will now be used as a cure,” Santiago said.
The senator laid out guidelines in her bill for the allocation of the Ondoy Fund, stating that the priority shall be given to the following:
1) the construction and repair of various infrastructures such as roads and bridges, and other projects such as drainage works and resettlement centers; and
2) funding for aid, relief, rehabilitation, and livelihood of the typhoon victims.
Santiago also filed Senate Resolution No. 1378 urging fellow senators to donate at least P 1 million from their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to aid the victims of Ondoy.