Task Force (TF) Paglig-on presented to the provincial board members last Monday the Cebu Province’s rehabilitation, recovery and development plan for the Yolanda-affected North Cebu. Lead presentor was TF Paglig-on head Baltz Tribunalo.
Entitled “Building Resilient Communities through Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation,” the plan is anchored on President Benigno Aquino III’s social contract with the Filipino people and Gov. Hilario Davide III’s Six-Star Agenda.
According to Tribunalo, the plan is geared towards acquiring “safer, adaptive and disaster-resilient Filipino communities towards sustainable development.” It contains four pillars requiring the involvement of various government and non-government offices, organizations and agencies.
Pillar 1 involves building foundation including national and local policies relevant to the plan. Establishment of disaster-resilient communities is Pillar 2’s focus. Pillars 3 and 4 aim to address and sustain the needs of economic development.
The plan seeks to “build back better and greener, improve governance and develop capacities of people and institutions,” said Tribunalo. It utilizes a convergence strategy identifying specific organizations that can contribute to the improvement.
It also provides mechanisms for transparency and accountability, and outlines the breakdown of the P10 B budget for the rehabilitation and recovery needs within a three-year rehab time frame.
Tribunalo said the Board Members’ contribution would be legislations and resolutions, particularly the approval of the budget and projects.
Responding to Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale’s query about the plan’s scope, Tribunalo admitted that the plan is for Yolanda-affected areas only. However, he revealed that the task force also received a donation for earthquake-affected areas.
“Balikan nato ang South (we’ll get back to Cebu South) for assessment,” assured Tribunalo.
To PB Alex Binghay’s concern about time frame, Tribunalo said that by experience, the three-year time frame is enough. “If we have the fund and the right people, makuha gyud ni nato (we will surely achieve this),” he added. Lianne Llesol