The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released a total of P827.18 million to frontline agencies for the replenishment of their respective Quick Response Fund (QRF), in line with the recent onslaught of Typhoon Odette. These include the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) with P139.68 million, Philippine National Police (PNP) with P25.0 million and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with P662.50 million.
(in million pesos)
*Numbers may not add-up due to rounding off
The total funding requirement was charged from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund, or commonly known as “calamity fund”. This can be used for aid, relief and rehabilitation services for communities affected by natural calamities, among others.
The QRF is a built-in standby fund in selected agencies which can be tapped to immediately address the adverse effects and damages brought about by catastrophes and crises. When the QRF gets depleted, the concerned agencies may request for augmentation of funds to the DBM through a special budget request and subject to the approval of the Office of the President.
Overall, the Department has released P2.83 billion as of December 27, 2021 to both national and local governments to fund their respective programs and projects intended to assist hard-stricken areas affected by Typhoon Odette.