Realign portion of NTF-ELCAC’s P16 B to help typhoon victims — Hontiveros

Senator Risa Hontiveros said on Tuesday the government should realign a portion of the P16-billion anti-insurgency fund to relief and rehabilitation efforts for communities ravaged by super typhoon “Rolly.” Sen. Risa Hontiveros (Senate of the Philippines / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Instead of funding a controversial program under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), Hontiveros said the budget could go a long way in helping Filipinos recover from the calamity.“Ngayong panahon ng sakuna, ‘di hamak na mas kailangan ng mga kababayan natin sa Bicolandia at sa iba pang mga lugar na nasalanta ng bagyo ang milyon-milyong pondo ng pamahalaan. (During this time of calamity, our people in the Bicol region and other provinces badly-hit by the typhoon need government funds),” Hontiveros said.“It is clear that the billions earmarked for NTF-ELCAC would be better spent on helping Filipinos battered by the typhoon get back on their feet,” the senator stressed.“Unahin nating bigyang-tulong at pondo ang mga nabiktima ng kalamidad, hindi ang mga ahensiya na puro pagre-redtag at pagkakalat ng fake news ang ginagawa. (Let’s prioritize helping victims of calamities by giving them funds, not agencies that do nothing but red tag people and just go about spreading fake news),”  she reiterated.At the hearing of the Senate Committee on National Defense, the lawmaker noted that NTF-ELCAC has been allocated a proposed budget of P19-billion for 2021. Of this amount, P16-billion has been earmarked for its Barangay Development Program. Hontiveros also pointed out that the budget for NTF-ELCAC is “questionably astronomic” compared to the proposed budgets of other key agencies particularly the Department of Housing Settlements and Urban Development which only has P632-million, Office of the Ombudsman with only P3.36-billion, Department of Budget & Management (DBM) with only P1.9-billion, and even the Department of Finance (DOF) which only has P17.46-billion.“We should not spend such an inordinate amount of time and money on an agency running after ordinary citizens using the communist bogeyman. This is on top of the NTF-ELCAC’s bad track record of spreading fake news and silencing critical and dissenting voices,” she said. Hontiveros earlier defended entertainment personalities and women’s rights groups from the red tagging activities of Lt. General Antonio Parlade, chief of the Southern Luzon Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and NTF-ELCAC spokesperson.  She said she cannot begin “to imagine the anguish and emotional toll this must have taken on these women who have been directly-hit by these accusations, as well as their families.”“I am certain that it has also caused a chilling effect on citizens who only want to weigh in on issues of national importance and hold the government to account for its failures to the people,” she stressed. “The issues of the communist insurgency are not new to me. My party Akbayan historically has called for human rights accountability of non-state actors, at kasama dito ang NPA. I will not hesitate to speak against the violations of the NPA,” she further said. .....»»

Category: newsSource: 3rd, 2020

Roque says part of NTF-ELCAC budget to go to typhoon-hit Bicol

"Because we know that development is necessary to get rid of the problem when it comes to insurgency. And these are the victims of the typhoon, they will be the beneficiaries of the ELCAC fund. So there is no need to realign there," Roque said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 5th, 2020

Opposition solons chide General Parlade on red-tagging

Opposition lawmakers chided Thursday Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, a staunch anti-communist military official, for allegedly red-tagging actress Liza Soberano after appearing in a webinar against gender-based exploitation and sexual harassment. Parlade commented on Soberano when she appeared in the webinar sponsored by Gabriela Youth. Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate said Parlade has been “red-tagging anyone who works or espousing the same cause and issues of progressive groups.” “Anybody and everybody should speak out against abuse and not let them be until they are extinguished,” said Zarate. He chided Parlade for allegedly assuming that “celebrities, the youth, women, urban poor, lumad and rural folk are ignorant or even stupid, to stand up for their rights and beliefs on their own.” In a separate statement, Gabriela Partylist Rep. Arlene Brosas finds it “starkly ironic” for Parlade to appeal to stop red-tagging Soberano when it was the military official who actually made the accusation. “By saying that Soberano is “not yet an NPA,” he is maliciously associating the actress with the armed movement when what she did in the youth forum was only to speak up for all the victims of gender-based violence and abuse,” said Brosas. She stated: “It is clear that Parlade, the NTF-ELCAC and the paid trolls are the ones who are rabidly red-tagging Liza Soberano and other female celebrities and influencers who are taking a stand and speaking out against the macho-fascism under the Duterte regime.” Reacting to the statements of the Makabayan solons and Senator Risa Hontiveros, Parlade said it is “government’s job to expose this duplicitous nature of the CPP (Communist Party of the Philippines). “But we differ in the way Gabriela exploits these genuine advocates, because the CPP’s underground MAKIBAKA, is the one stirring and orchestrating it,” said the general. He described the CPP as a monster that “knows no friend.” “They will feed you to the lion’s den if you are not careful. This is what happened to Jo Lapira, Ren Manalo, Camille Manangan etc., Gabriela Youth who were all killed for ceasing to be a plain activist and ended up being with the terrorist,” Parlade noted. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 22nd, 2020

607 houses turned over to Cebu Yolanda victims

A total of 607 housing units have been turned over to victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Cebu province......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2021

Firm, developer promise aid to construction accident victims

CEBU CITY, Philippines — PLD Construction, project contractor, and Cebu Landmasters Inc., project developer, assured that they would shoulder the expenses of their workers, who died and got injured when a portion of a construction site of Mivela Garden Residences located along Lapu-Lapu Avenue in Barangay Apas, Cebu City, collapsed, at past 11 a.m. today, […] The post Firm, developer promise aid to construction accident victims appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2021

Mandridejos LGU awards 750 housing units to Yolanda victims

Mandridejos Mayor Salvador dela Fuente on Monday said that at least 750 housing units were finally awarded to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. Dela Fuente said that the housing units were officially turned over to the beneficiaries on 30 April 2021. He admitted that it took almost eight years before the housing units were […] The post Mandridejos LGU awards 750 housing units to Yolanda victims appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2021

Bong Go aids Surigao Norte typhoon victims

As he continues to assist residents affected by natural disasters, Sen. Bong Go sent aid to victims of Typhoon Auring in remote island communities in Tagana-an in Surigao del Norte on Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 1st, 2021

Kuya Bong Go sends aid to more typhoon victims in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur

An outreach team of Senator Bong Go held a series of activities in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur on April 20 and 21 to provide assistance to the town’s residents who are still dealing with the aftermath of Typhoon Auring. “Mga kababayan, alam kong maraming pamilya ngayon ang nahihirapan. Marami ang nawalan ng trabaho at […] The post Kuya Bong Go sends aid to more typhoon victims in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2021

Two senators: Defund NTF-Elcac, realign P19B budget to aid pandemic-hit citizens

MANILA, Philippines — At least two senators are seeing the need to withdraw funding for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-Elcac) and reallocate its current P19-billion budget to fund assistance to people affected by the pandemic. This comes after the statement issued by NTF-Elcac spokesperson Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. […] The post Two senators: Defund NTF-Elcac, realign P19B budget to aid pandemic-hit citizens appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2021

Bising to bring rain over Camarines provinces, Catanduanes, eastern Quezon

PAGASA on Tuesday said heavy rainfall will prevail in the Camarines provinces, Catanduanes and in the eastern portion of Quezon as Typhoon "Bising" maintained its strength......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 20th, 2021

Bicol River dredging works start Tuesday

Dredging works along the narrow section of the 94-kilometer Bicol River will start tomorrow and will be followed by bamboo planting activities in the area and relocation of typhoon-victims, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2021

Go visits Isabela, extends assistance to typhoon victims

Sen. Bong Go returned to Ilagan City, Isabela last Tuesday to survey the remaining damage from last year’s typhoon and assess the resources needed for the province’s full recovery......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 19th, 2021

Go continues relief activities in Cagayan

After giving aid to over 4,000 typhoon victims on Feb. 15, the office of Sen. Bong Go, in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and other government agencies, once again delivered more aid to communities in Cagayan that are still recovering from the aftermath of Typhoon Ulysses......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 15th, 2021

Army soldiers donate meal allowance to Auring victims in Caraga

LUCENA CITY — Soldiers from the Philippine Army’s 2nd Infantry Division based in Tanay, Rizal has again donated a part of their daily meal allowance to help typhoon victims in the Caraga region. Captain Jayrald Ternio, head of the 2nd ID public information office, in a press release Saturday said the soldiers collected a total […] The post Army soldiers donate meal allowance to Auring victims in Caraga appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2021

DBM: Enough funds to assist Auring victims

Various government agencies involved in relief operations and infrastructure recovery efforts have enough Quick Response Fund to assist victims of Typhoon Auring, Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado has assured President Duterte......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2021

Phl Coast Guard seeks help for ‘Auring’ victims

The Philippine Coast Guard has appealed to the public to lend a helping hand to victims of Typhoon Auring in Visayas and Mindanao. The PCG, through its Logistics Systems Command, mobilized its personnel and assets for the immediate conduct of relief operations in many parts of Mindanao, most especially in the Caraga and Davao regions, […] The post Phl Coast Guard seeks help for ‘Auring’ victims appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2021

Olango Island stores agree to provide goods to typhoon victims

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – The Lapu-Lapu City Government has made arrangements with some stores in Olango Island, to allow those who will be affected by Tropical Storm Auring to take goods worth P1,500 to be paid by the city. Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan said the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) has already identified […] The post Olango Island stores agree to provide goods to typhoon victims appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2021

Paying it forward: NMP mobilizes donation drive for MPCF

NMP rolled out a donation drive for the victims of Super-typhoon Rolly in Bicol region, particularly to the employees, staff, and students of the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) - Legaspi and Naga Campuses......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2021

Go assists Legazpi typhoon victims

After extending aid to the people of Masbate, Sen. Bong Go personally carried out another distribution activity in Legazpi City, Albay as part of his continuing commitment to help communities devastated by calamities recover more quickly and build back better......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2021

Bong Go distributes aid for typhoon victims in Sorsogon

Continuing his initiative to help Filipinos affected by calamities and other crisis situations, Sen. Bong Go personally went to Sorsogon City to provide assistance to 2,128 victims of Typhoon Tisoy......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 31st, 2021

Kuya Bong sends help to hundreds of typhoon victims in Northern Samar

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go continued to provide aid to communities affected by natural disasters to help them recover and build back better. In a two-part distribution activity which was held on Tuesday, Go’s team extended assistance to 948 beneficiaries recovering from Typhoon Quinta in Barangay Sabang, Allen in Northern Samar. They distributed meals, food packs, […] The post Kuya Bong sends help to hundreds of typhoon victims in Northern Samar appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 27th, 2021