Drilon thumbs down creation of 'Yolanda’ Commission

November 21, 2013 9:49 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Nov 20 (PNA) — Senate President Franklin Drilon on Wednesday expressed disapproval on the creation of a typhoon ‘Yolanda’ Commission which a House minority bloc proposed recently.

The proposed Typhoon Yolanda Assistance and Development Commission (TYADeC), the bloc said in media reports, should have a budget of P25 billion as government efforts were said to be insufficient.

Drilon explained that he did not find the creation of a Yolanda Commission necessary since there are agencies assigned to carry out designated tasks.

“I am not in favor of creating a Yolanda commission because our line agencies have enough experience and capability to handle this disaster,” Drilon said in a chance interview.

“It is not necessary and I am against the Yolanda Commission because the damages of ‘Yolanda’ are not the only ones we have to respond to,” he added.

The senate leader stressed that there were also other calamities such as typhoons ‘Santi’, ‘Labuyo’, an earthquake in Bohol and the siege in Zamboanga.

Drilon meanwhile filed a bill that would source the P14.5 billion from unspent pork barrel for the repair of Yolanda-damaged infrastructure.

It will allot funds for the Department of Education, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Health, Department of Transportation and Communications and the National Housing Authority. (PNA)

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