DBM assures hiked funds for Marawi victims’ compensation

September 20, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 577 views

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has committed to increase funds for the Marawi Compensation program for 2024.

This elated Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman as he pointed out that the P1 billion funds is not enough for the claims of the victims of war in Marawi.

“Tayo ay natutuwa dahil nakakuha tayo ng commitment mula sa DBM na madagdagan ang pondo ng Marawi Compensation Program para sa taong 2024, dahil kulang na kulang ang P1 bilyong nakalaan para sa libo-libong claims,” Hataman said in a statement.

He lauded the commitment made by the DBM to find ways to increase the P1 billion allocation for the Marawi Compensation Fund for next year.

DBM communicated the commitment during plenary debates on the general principles of the General Appropriations Bill for 2024.

“I appreciate our mutual belief and sentiment that P1 billion a year is not enough to compensate the claimants of the Marawi Compensation Program. Kaya lubos ang ating pasasalamat sa Appropriations Committee at sa DBM for committing to increase the Marawi Compensation Fund for 2024,” Hataman, former governor of the now-defunct ARMM, said.

The commitment to increase, Hataman noted, is predicated on the request that will be submitted by the Marawi Compensation Board (MCB) constituted under provisions of Republic Act No. 11696 or the “Marawi Siege Victims Compensation Act of 2022.”