August 03, 2022

Stakeholders involved in the use of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (NDRRMF) now have a ready reference for requesting and using it after the Office of Civil Defense launched the NDRRMF Guidebook (A Guide for Requesting Party and the Fund Administrators) in a simple ceremony held July 28, 2022, in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

This document contains the action guide for project prioritization, preparation, processing, and endorsement under the NDRRMF. It also facilitates the selection of projects that are most urgent based on project readiness and feasibility, and accurately identifies which ones are developmental in nature and can be funded by the regular budgets of agencies or the Local Government Units.

The Guidebook has three parts: (I) General information on the NDRRMF; (II) Process for NDRRMC endorsement; and (III) Monitoring and Evaluation.

The first part provides general information about the NDRRMF, its legal basis, purpose, scope, and information on Fund accessibility. The second part tackles the process for NDRRMC endorsement which covers Prerequisite Activities and actual processing of requests up to the NDRRMC’s endorsement to the Office of the President and the third part guides Requesting Parties and Fund Administrators on processes to ensure the physical and financial delivery of projects.

This Guidebook is a product of a series of consultations, review, and endorsement by the NDRRMC. This was formulated in partnership with The Asia Foundation and the Australian Embassy.

The NDRRMF Guidebook was developed to support NDRRMC Memorandum Circular 110 or the Revised Guidelines on the Management and Administration of the NDRRMF, which was approved by the NDRRMC last September 23, 2021, as well as to guide the Requesting Parties and Fund Administrators on project prioritization, preparation, processing, and endorsement to the Office of the President for approval.

These revised Guidelines aim to implement a more rationalized fund management system by instilling these four (4) major changes: (1) More specific set of Menu of Projects as well as non-eligible projects; (2) Putting premium to projects which are prioritized through NDRRMC mechanisms such as the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment and Rehabilitation and Recovery Program, and Regional Project Validation and Evaluation; (3) Prioritization of local areas for assistance based on vulnerability and damage incurred to key sectors, namely, agriculture, infrastructure, and housing; (4) Standardized Project Proposal Form for Requesting Parties and Project Review and Evaluation Checklist (for Fund Administrators) in reviewing the projects.

As a way forward, other volumes of this Guidebook will be developed to tackle project standards and requirements and the use of an Information Management System (IMS) for tracking, monitoring, and evaluation purposes.