Monday, October 26, 2015

Palace: DBM not holding people's survival fund intended for climate change mitigation

The Palace denied that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is holding the P1 billion People's Survival Fund (PSF) intended for climate change mitigation initiatives.

Senator Chiz Escudero called on the DBM to make the one-billion peso people’s survival fund available to local communities.

Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the DBM is not the lead agency in implementing the initiative.

A board, headed by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, was created to facilitate the access to the fund. The creation of the board was mandated in the law that put up the PSF.

Among the members of the board include the vice chairperson of the Climate Change Commission, the budget secretary, the director-general ng National Economic Development Authority, DILG secretary, chairperson ng Philippine Commission on Women, one representative each from the academe, scientific community, business sector, and from non-government organization.

"Very recently, Secretary Purisima announced that the call for proposals for access to the PSF will be on October 28, 2015," she said noting the board would soon receive proposals from LGUs who wants to avail of the fund.

It took time before the board started accepting proposals because the implementing rules and regulation (IRR) should have to be put up, and there must be criteria in place.

"Hindi naman po kasi pwedeng basta’t sinabing climate change mitigation related tatanggapin na at bibigyan na ng pondo," Valte said.

"They wanted to make sure that it was very streamlined, it was very standard, that the systems are transparent to enable everyone to better access the fund."

Valte also brushed off notions that the administration will only support LGUs allied with the administration saying the money will be available to everyone.

"The reason why they wanted very clear guidelines on what proposals can and cannot be accepted was precisely for the fact that it has to facilitate equal access for everyone regardless of political affiliation," she said. (PCOO News Release)

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