THE TRAGEDIES brought about by the earthquake and the supertyphoon have shown us just how little we know about what is allowed and disallowed by law when it comes to disasters and crises.

Since the Philippines is such a disaster-prone country (and here we just talk about natural disasters), we already have a long list of prohibited acts during such emergencies – everything from dereliction of duty, to buying and selling relief goods, to diverting aid, to misrepresenting the source of the goods.

At the same time, we also have a long list of to-dos when a crisis erupts.

For today’s Data a Day:

Which of the following is prohibited during disaster and crisis situations under Republic Act No. 10121?

  1. Imposition of price ceilings on basic necessities and prime commodities by the President.
  2. Preventing the entry and distribution of relief goods in disaster-stricken areas.
  3. Government financing institutions granting no-interest loans to the affected victims.
  4. Reprogramming of funds for the repair and upgrading of public infrastructure and facilities.

For the answer to that question, and for a comprehensive list of dos and don’ts, just click this direct link, or visit the PCIJ’s MoneyPolitics Online website here.



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