Tuesday, December 10, 2013
MANILA-Senator Loren Legarda today said that the 2014 proposed national budget has been crafted to ensure that programs on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are given due importance and priority in the national agenda.
“For the very first time since the enactment of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRM) Law in 2010, the fund allocated for its implementation will now be called the NDRRM Fund. It was previously called the Calamity Fund and therefore the focus was on response and rehabilitation. With this paradigm shift, we can now use the fund for pre-disaster activities,” said Legarda, Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, during the bicameral conference committee meeting on the proposed 2014 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committees on Climate Change and Environment and Natural Resources, added that the proposed 2014 GAA contains a special provision on disaster risk reduction particularly on the implementation of infrastructure projects.
The special provision indicates that the government will not undertake infrastructure and development projects in protected areas under the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act, as well as in identified danger zones.
“Ang ibig pong sabihin ay hindi gagamitin ang pondo ng gobyerno sa mga proyekto na makakasira sa mga protected area na kinikilalang sakop ng NIPAS Law, at maging sa mga vulnerable area o danger zone ayon na rin sa pagsusuri ng Mines and Geosciences Bureau. Ibig sabihin, hindi magtatayo ng barangay hall, school building, classroom at anumang imprastraktura na ginagamit ang pondo ng gobyerno sa mga lugar na maguguho o matatabunan sa panahon ng bagyo at iba pang kalamidad,” the Senator stressed.
“I am happy because although belatedly, we all realize now that pre-disaster activities, mitigation, disaster prevention and preparedness are relevant to our development agenda and that a vital component of building our nation’s resilience is a climate-sensitive and disaster risk reduction-proofed budget,” said Legarda.
Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga-North Luzon Expressway managers operating under the Tollways Management Corporation (TMC) meets Police Regional Office 3, Regional Director, PCSUPT RAUL D PETRASANTA with selected staff officers in the morning of December 9, 2013.
The meeting was meant to discuss and re-asses the current security and safety posture along the 84 kilometers North Luzon Expressway which serves as the main gateway to Central Luzon and to the farthest North.
TMC President and CEO, Mr. Ramoncito S Fernandez invited the Regional Director and party to their state of the art Traffic Control Room which serves as the heart and soul of the general operations of NLEX. Also presented were the man power, communication assets; vehicles for law enforcement, engineering, maintenance and repair; and emergency response, other out- source services, to include its NLIGTAS project which aims to provide on-line real-time traffic situation and advisory. Mr. Fernandez also discussed the future expansion project of NLEX and its planned interconnection with SLEX.
PCUSPT RAUL D PETRASANTA recommended during the discussion that the CCTV camera installed at the teller’s booth be reoriented or relocated in order to capture not only the image of the teller which serves the purpose of the management monitoring, but also to capture the image of the driver in aid to PRO3’s anti-criminality measures.
At the end of the meeting, TMC President and CEO lionized PRO 3 for its continued support in all NLEX undertakings particularly on law enforcement. Laterally, PCSUPT RAUL D PETRASANTA cogently assured the Tollways Management Corporation, of PRO3’s total and reinvigorated support.
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