DAGUPAN CITY – The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) on Monday, October 3, proposed a resolution authorizing Mayor Belen T. Fernandez to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the National Food Authority (NFA) that will grant the city a rice credit line in times of calamities.
The author Councilor Jeslito Seen said that in order to cushion the impact caused by monsoon rains and heavy floods upon the people in the city, there is a need to authorize the City Mayor to make representations for the city to purchase rice on credit with the NFA for the city’s relief operations once there is a declaration of a state of calamity either from the SP or of the Office of the President.
“This is in line with the mandate of the city to provide basic social services to their constituents at all times particularly in times of calamities and with the mandate of the NFA to provide assistance to Local Government Units cognizant of the need of the people,” said Seen.
Under Republic Act 10121 otherwise known as the “Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010”, Local Government Units are authorized to set aside from their Estimated Revenue from Regular Sources five percent (5%) for Calamity Fund inclusive of their Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and 20 percent for Special Development Fund. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)