MANILA, (PNA) — The Senate is set to transfer P6 million worth of its savings to the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for it to assist relief operations in quake-hit areas.
Senate President Franklin Drilon said in an interview that these funds can be used to aid post-earthquake victims in Bohol and Cebu.
“We had an initial review of our finances, we believe that we can have a savings of P6 million of the senate budget which we will transfer to the DSWD,” Drilon said.
“Next week we will review what other steps we can take in order to assist in the rehabilitation of the affected areas,” he added.
Drilon said that the Senate decided to give part of its senate budget to the DSWD so that the agency can decide which areas will need it the most.
“We can expect it (savings) to be transferred next week,” Drilon said.
Aside from assisting post-earthquake victims, the DSWD is currently helping out victims of flooding due to heavy rains due to Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) last October 5 to 8 in Visayas and Mindanao regions.