MANILA, Philippines – In a bid to speed up the rehabilitation of infrastructure in disaster-hit areas, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Tuesday amended the guidelines for disaster funds.

The resolution, adopted during the emergency meeting of the full council, revokes the guidelines specified in Circular Series No. 1 of the 2024 NDRRMC Memorandum that prioritizes only LGUs in the 4th to 6th income class and requires the 1st to 3rd income class for a local counterpart fund.

This new order revokes the counterpart financing requirement for LGUs in the 1st to 3rd income classes.

The local counterpart fund refers to the part of the approved requested fund that LGUs must take on, depending on their income class.

The NDRRMC said in a statement that the “NDRRM (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management) Fund can be used to repair, rebuild or rehabilitate local or national infrastructure, regardless of income classification, when they are vital to access and connectivity and are necessary for response or early recovery certified by the Regional Directors of the OCD (Office of Civil Defense) and the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) in regions affected by disasters.”

The National DRRM Fund shall be utilized for relief, recovery, reconstruction and other works or services related to natural or man-made calamities occurring during the budget year or those occurring within the last two years from the budget year as provided under Republic Act No. 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010.

This resolution was taken in light of the landslide that occurred on February 6 in the mining town of Davao de Oro, which reportedly claimed the lives of at least 71 people, according to the local government.

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The OCD said several weather disturbances such as the shear line, the northeast monsoon and the trough of a low pressure area hit the Davao region this month, which caused widespread flooding and landslide incidents in the region.

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