Sen. Legarda Reveals P25.6 Billion Yolanda Housing Fund Not Release by Aquino Admin
Senator Loren Legarda revealed to the public that the administration of former Pres. Aquino failed to release P25.6 billion allocated for the 2016 for housing assistance to super typhoon Yolanda victims.
According to Sen. Legarda the Philippine Congress allocated P25.6 billion housing assistance for Yolanda victims under the 2016 of the National Housing Authority (NHA) but the government of the Aquino administration had not released P20.7 billion as of June this year.
The National Housing Authority (NHA) is now under the leadership of Vice President Leni Robredo, one of former President Aquino's closest ally and considered as the highest elected official from the Liberal Party. Pres. Duterte already ordered VP Robredo to fast track the constructions of permanent shelter during his visit to Tacloban City on November 8, 2016.
The chairman of the Senate Housing Committee Sen. Loren Legarda was quoted as saying "In light of the commemoration of Yolanda anniversary, allow me first to put on record that we have allocated P25.6 billion housing assistance for victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda under the 2016 budget of the National Housing Authority (NHA). Unreleased funds as of June 2016 is 20.7 billion,” Legarda said in a speech on Monday.
Pres. Aquino already ended his six-year term in June to give way to Pres. Rody Duterte and the senator noted that she just hope that the Duterte admin can fast track the construction of permanent housing for the intended recipients if only to bring renewed hope to those who have survived the strongest typhoon to hit the land.
Aside from the NHA budget unreleased by the Aquino admin, Sen. Legarda also revealed that the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRM) Fund had P18.896 billion but P18.433 billion remained unreleased as of September 30, 2016.