Task Force Paglig-on addresses shelter, data concerns

Shelter remains the primary concern of the northern Cebu mayors four months after super typhoon Yolanda hit Cebu last November 2013.

The mayors aired their needs to Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Task Force Paglig-on in a meeting last Saturday, March 1.

Secondary to housing, the local chief executives also expressed confusion on different agencies who obtained assessment data from them.

In response, Task Force Paglig-on head Baltz Tribunalo said they submitted a proposal to the Presidential Adviser on Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) which has been technically approved, to distribute shelter kits to affected areas of typhoon Yolanda in northern Cebu.

For shelter concerns, Governor Hilario P. Davide III gave marching orders to the local chief executives to exercise political will on restricting residents in building houses on danger zones.

In addition, the provincial government will facilitate to expedite the assessment of possible relocation sites. Davide also said that the provincial government will endeavor the following options to address the demand for relocation areas: first is to look for more donations, second to buy inexpensive lands, and third to enter into usufructuary agreement/s.

With regards to data issues, it has been agreed and concurred by Governor Davide that Task Force Paglig-on will act as the centralized data center for all information from the municipal level regarding typhoon Yolanda concerns. Information queries from regional and national line agencies shall now be accommodated by Task Force Paglig-on for efficiency and uniformity purposes.

Task Force Paglig-on coordinator Carmel Ulanday  also presented to the mayors the different options on how to access national funds. She said there are four major funding sources that they can tap which include: a.) 20 Billion from PARR, b.) 139 Billion President’s funds, 3.) 80 Billion reconstruction funds, and 4.) donations which amounts to 400 million.

Ulanday said Task Force Paglig-on can facilitate local chief executives’ access to national funds by providing templates which will satisfy the documentary requirements. Diane Higida