House to propose P5B increase in 2021 budget’s calamity fund—Velasco

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives will be seeking a P5-billion increase under the proposed 2021 budget’s calamity fund for the rehabilitation of areas devastated by recent typhoons, Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said Sunday.

Velasco said the House will be proposing this during the bicameral conference on the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021.

“Given the tremendous damage caused by these successive strong typhoons, it is imperative that we augment the calamity fund in next year’s spending plan. We have to help our people rebuild their lives and their communities,” Velasco said in a statement.

Congress’ lower chamber approved its version of the 2021 G…

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