DBM augments quick response funds of DSWD

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced today that it has released P842,500,000 to augment the Quick Response Funds (QRF) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The released funds will be used for the implementation of programs for El Niño, including the purchase of family food packs for prepositioning and disaster augmentation, cash or food for work programs, shelter assistance, and additional relief supplies.

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The QRF is a built-in budgetary allocation that represent pre-disaster or standby funds for agencies in order to immediately assist areas stricken by disasters and calamities. Aside from DSWD, the agencies that have built-in QRFs include the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of National Defense (DND) – Office of the Secretary and Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), Department of Education (DepEd), and Department of Agriculture (DA).

When the QRF gets depleted, the agency may request for augmentation subject to the approval of the DBM.

The budget department said the funds were charged against the FY 2016 National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRM) Funds in the national budget. The General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2016 appropriated the amount of P19 billion as NDRRM Funds, which may be used as an additional funding source for the QRF of agencies when the QRF balance has reached a critical level.

Status of the QRF

This is the second augmentation of DSWD’s QRF for 2016, according to the DBM. Last April 1, DBM augmented the QRF of DSWD in the amount of P662,500,000.

Of the total P1,987,500,000 allotment it received this year, P1,515,558,746.33 has been obligated by the agency. Its QRF balance as of April 19 is P471,941,253.67.

—From the Department of Budget and Management