Cebu assured of P1 B for Yolanda Rehab

IMG_4695Cebu province is assured of more than a billion pesos from the national government agencies (NGAs) as rehabilitation fund for the 15 towns and cities affected by typhoon Yolanda out of the 12.4B pesos needed to rehabilitate the areas in the next three (3) years.

This was the commitment given by the regionalagencies, as representatives of the National Government Agencies (NGAs), to Task Force Paglig-on, the Capitol’srehabilitation body, in a meeting at the Provincial Capitol last Friday, February 7. The amount will be taken from the respective budgetary allocations of the NGAs in 2014.

For the Department of Education (Deped), around P906 million is allotted for the two schools divisions affected.

According to Victor Yntig, DepEd 7 physical facilities coordinator, the amount will cover the repair and re-construction expenses of school buildings in Cebu Province Division and Bogo City Division.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) 7 also informed the body that they have secured 115 million pesosas allocation for the province.

DA’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 7 also said it had constructed 75 units of motorized boats as livelihood assistance for the fisher folks. Florencio Aparri of BFAR 7 said they are about to construct 1,000 motorized boats. This is separate from the motorized boats that were constructed out of the materials they have distributed. The distribution of materials will continue until the last affected fisher folk will receive a boat.

BFAR also pledged to download P33 million to the province for rehabilitation of livelihood and other damaged fisheries based projects.

All concerned NGAs except the National Housing Authority were present during the meeting called by the province to clarify the actions of the national government.

“The leadership is in the government and our role is to support what your plan is and that sets the tone,” said Giovanni Soledad, coordinator, of a foreign non-government organization.He said the external donors would really want to be in but they must be guided so that all sectors receive help.

Task Force Paglig-on Head,BaltazarTribunalo, Jr. said Cebu has been left out by most of international government organizations because they are most needed in other typhoon affected areas in the country.

However, he said there are a lot of notions that Cebu can rise immediately because of its “enabling environment.” He specifically mentioned the cooperation of the all stakeholders including the regional line agencies.

Task Force Paglig-on was formed as an overall coordinating body for all rehabilitation efforts in damaged areas.

The province exercises a transparent, competent, accountable and responsive leadership in its program to reconstruct a stronger and resilient Cebu. Xerxes Alkuino