Angara to scrutinize Aquino's disaster budget
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MANILA, Philippines - Senator Edgardo Angara on Thursday said that the Senate will scrutinize the Aquino government’s disaster budget for 2013 to ensure it is anchored on risk reduction, mitigation, and adaption amid recent flooding.
“When we deliberate on the national budget for next year, we will scrutinize the government's disaster management plan,” Angara said.
Angara said this has been the second such massive devastation in three years. "Then as in now, the Filipinos' generosity, unity, and strong civic spirit shone through. We laud the heroes, everyone who risked life and limb, to rescue those in danger," he said.
“If natural calamities such as this rampaging monsoon are indeed the "new normal", then the government ought to be implementing strategies it has not done so before,” he said.
He then called on the national and local governments to complement the resilience of our people with the resilience of our cities.
“We have been spending more on relief and rehabilitation rather than on long-term solutions that will reduce our risks and vulnerabilities -- and prevent such disastrous impacts from happening again,” he concluded.