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The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) clarifies the recent article published relative to the utilization of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (NDRRMF).

With the enactment of the FY 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA), Republic Act (RA) No. 11518, and the extension of the validity of the FY 2020 GAA, RA No. 11465, the NDRRMF has a total available appropriation of P25.135-billion as of January 01, 2021, broken down as follows:

Purpose

FY 2020 GAA

FY 2021 GAA

Total

NDRRM Program

439,188,981.00

13,000,000,000.00

13,439,188,981.00

Marawi Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program (MRRRP)

8,187,890.00

5,000,000,000.00

5,008,187,890.00

Comprehensive Aid to Repair Earthquake Damage (CARED)

4,688,064,133.00

-

4,688,064,133.00

Insurance Premium

-

2,000,000,000.00

2,000,000,000.00

Total

5,135,441,004.00

20,000,000,00.00

25,135,441,004.00

The utilization of these appropriations is covered by pertinent Special Provisions of the GAA based on their specific purposes and releases are made by the DBM based on the approval of the Office of the President (OP) on the recommendation of the NDRRM Council. Aside from specific purposes such as the MRRRP and CARED, the appropriations under the NDRRM Program may be used for disaster risk reduction or mitigation, prevention and preparedness activities, as well as reconstruction, rehabilitation, repair, aid, relief and other works or services, in connection with the occurrence of natural or human-induced calamities, epidemics as declared by the DOH, crises resulting from armed conflicts, insurgency, terrorism, and other catastrophes occurring in the current or two (2) preceding years.

As of April 30, 2021, the DBM has already released a total of P2.909-billion in allotments and is processing additional P2.779-billion based on recent approvals from the OP covering disaster-related programs and projects in response to calamities occurring from the 2018 to 2021, as well as the MRRRP and CARED as shown below:

Purpose

Available Appropriations

Releases as of April 30, 2021

For Release

Balance

NDRRM Program

13,439,188,981.00

2,470,155,000.00

249,280,787.00

10,719,753,194.00

MRRRP

5,008,187,890.00

439,837,680.00

738,502,282.00

3,829,847,927.00

CARED

4,688,064,133.00

-

1,791,872,000.00

2,896,192,133.00

Insurance Premium

2,000,000,000.00

-

-

2,000,000,000.00

Total

25,135,441,004.00

2,909,992,680.00

2,779,655,070.00

19,445,793,254.00

The remaining P19.445-billion appropriations will be utilized based on the specific purposes and allotments which will be released by the DBM to appropriate Departments and Agencies upon receipt of the corresponding approvals from the OP.

Meanwhile, the DBM assures the public that sufficient funds are made available to Departments and Agencies for programs and projects in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from their regular appropriations under the FY 2021 GAA and the continuing FY 2020 GAA, the total amount of P189.442-billion in allotments pursuant to the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan II) may still be utilized until June 30, 2021. This is also on top of the P60.605-billion additional allotments released to the Department of Health for foreign-assisted projects, particularly on the procurement of vaccines and other essential equipment and supplies.

The NDRRMF will be tapped whenever there are additional funding requirements to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic which may not be covered by all available funding sources. Details of all these releases are uploaded in the DBM website for the information and reference of all concerned.

The DBM is committed to fulfill its mandate of promoting the efficient and effective management of the national budget to support its budget priorities while also ensuring that the needs of the Filipino people, especially during challenging times such as this, are met.

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Telephone: (+632)-657-3300 local 3315

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