CONGRESS should move a regulation permitting government “savings” or “idle funds” to finance the large rehabilitation effort in war-torn Marawi City.
Sen. Joel Villanueva on Thursday stated there are lots of government companies who collected large annual financial savings which may very well be tapped to finance reconstruction work in Marawi.
These financial savings may very well be used to present monetary support to troopers and policemen assigned within the battlefield. He raised this matter throughout Wednesday’s briefing that Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana gave to senators to justify the 5-month extension of martial regulation in Mindanao.
“Iyun ‘yung pino-propose ko nung nagkaroon tayo ng pagpupulong. I, particularly, want urgent measures that we need to pass (to rehabilitate Marawi),” Villanueva stated in an interview.
“For instance if we can pass supplemental budget or ‘yung mga hindi pa nagagamit na budget na p’wedeng i-declare na savings through a law,” he stated.
He added, “Binangit ko ‘yung ilang mga ahensiya na ang daming savings na baka pu-p’wedeng italakay sa kongreso at gumawa ng batas para maging part ito ng supplemental budget not only for the rehabilitation of Marawi but also I think right now we are appreciating ‘yung importance of modernizing our Armed Forces of the Philippines.”