Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Sunday urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to arrange contingency or fast response funds that Filipinos may entry to get out of important conditions abroad.
“Contingencies must be arranged not after but before an emergency. There should be provisions for havens and secure escape routes. Our foreign posts must be given the capacity to make the arrangements. Hindi lang hanggang plano at advisories,” he mentioned.
Recto famous that the federal government ought to hike the proposed price range of the Philippine Embassy in Seoul, South Korea amid rigidity in the area amid North Korea’s plan to assault Guam.
Seoul is situated 35 miles from its border with North Korea.
For 2018, the Seoul embassy has a proposed price range of P109 million or about $2 million in one of many world’s most costly cities.
“Peace time pa lang, kulang na ito dahil sa dami ng mga Pilipino doon. Ano pa kaya kung may crisis na?” he requested.
An elevated price range for the nation’s embassy in Seoul was justified as Filipino employees there at the moment ship about P1 billion a month in remittances or a complete of P28 billion in three years.
“Sa bawat P100 na padala nila, ang sukli ng pamahalaan sa pamamagitan ng consular services and aid ay P1 lamang,” he mentioned.
Currently, the DFA’s help to nationals (ATN) fund in diplomatic workplaces in hazard or endangered areas is just P400 million for all posts worldwide.
“It’s not enough,” Recto mentioned.
“The operating budget of these embassies and consulates must be augmented. When there is a crisis to prepare for, their resources must be increased,” he added.