Despite the challenges, the Cebu provincial government continues to manage and implement actions for the total rehabilitation of the affected areas in Northern Cebu.
Baltz Tribulano, Task Force Paglig-on head, reported that there are numerous ongoing land acquisitions for relocation sites and self-recovery constructions in the various towns in Northern Cebu.
The municipality of Sogod has a three (3) hectare land prepared for the relocation of the Yolanda survivors with additional 2-hectares in Barangay Bawo.
Twenty-five (25) houses are already being built in a three-hectare relocation site in the municipality of Borbon which the provincial government eyes to expand.
The Duranos donated two-hectare land as a relocation site in San Francisco and Poro, Camotes Island. A more than two-hectare land is also being prepared for Pilar, as well as more than five hectares of land in Tudela.
Tomorrow, the 53rd Engineer Brigade of the Central Command along with Task Force Paglig-on and the Army Engineers will go to the relocation sites in the municipality of San Remegio and start building houses for the Yolanda survivors in the area. The team aims to initially accomplish 100-200 houses based on the model house presented by the University of San Carlos Architecture Department. Their overall target is to build 500-600 houses in the municipality.
The provincial government’s priority list for rehabilitation program includes the severely-hit areas in Northern Cebu such as Bantayan Island, Madridejos, Sta. Fe, Daanbantayan, San Remegio, Bogo, Borbon, and Tabogon.
“Everything is prepared. We are currently processing the documents and rehabilitation plan per municipality. We are doing work on the ground”, assured Tribunalo.
Various local, national and international non-government organizations have coordinated with the government to extend their help in this endeavor.
The Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) donated materials for the construction of 270 houses in Bantayan Island. The Rotary Club of Cebu donated home kits good for 400 households in Tabuelan.
The Cebu provincial government is still waiting for the requested shelter kits from the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR). Lianne Llesol