Aside from the outpouring of various s supports provided by the national and local governments, Pos, NGos, private individuals and business establishments, our hapless co-provincianos could heave a sigh of relief due to the approval of the additional financial assistance signed by no less than President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
This recent move was indeed imperative and timely to augment the almost dwindling, if not empty coffers, of the five municipalities of Virac (1st class), San Andres (2nd class), Caramoran (3rd class), Pandan (4th class), Viga (4th class) and the other six 5th class municipalities.
Said additional financial assistance, in the tune of P143,211,541, came from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund under Fiscal Year 2020 General Appropriations Act. Accordingly, this was made possible through the recommendation of TGP Party-list Rep. Jose J. Teves Jr. and support of Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go and DBM Secretary Wendel Avisado.
Our reliable source told us that the 11 LGUs and the provincial government had already received said their prorated additional financial assistance intended for its respective rehabilitation programs before the end of 2020.
As such, the provincial and municipal chief executives are therefore expected to heed the timetable, that is, before the end of this outgoing unforgettable, unforgiving year–2020.
And not only that., their hapless constituents expect such additional financial assistance to be spent for that very purpose and as soon as possible. Sooner, the better. No more, no less.
No matter how good the intention and reason rolled-into-one are, using this additional financial assistance for other purpose, would definitely, be a Big No! No!. Please do not attempt to do that. Huwag nyo nang gawing kumplikado (problemado) ang naturang rehabilitation program. Their constituents would never forgive or understand their justifications, if any.
In whatever means or ways these officials, arguing for the sake of argument, that their other intentions are good and necessary, look for other funds to realize it later. Not this time. Not this prorated funds allocated for their respective municipalities.