Signing of nat'l budget speeds up rehab

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III believes that the provinces recently affected by the ravages of disasters will immediately once again be on their feet following the signing of the P2.265-trillion budget for next year, a Palace official said Sunday.

The Chief Executive visited on Sunday Compostela Valley a year after it was hit by Typhoon Pablo; Zamboanga City, which was ravaged by three-week standoff between the government troops and followers of Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF); and Leyte, which was recently struck by typhoon Yolanda.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said with the backing of the P2.265 trillion budget, the government now has the resources for social services as well as for work and other economic services.

“Matibay ang paniwala at paninindigan ng Pangulo na mapapabilis ang pagbangon at pagpapanumbalik ng sigla ng lokal na ekonomiya ng mga nasabing bayan at lalawigan matapos niyang lagdaan at isabatas noong Biyernes ang Pambansang Budget para sa 2014,” Coloma said.

“Sa ilalim ng 2.265-trilyong piso na kabuuang halaga ng budget, mahigit sa 37.2 na porsyento o 841.8-bilyong piso ang inilaan para sa social services, samantalang tutustusan ng 593.1-bilyong piso ang mga gawain at serbisyong pang-ekonomiya,” he added.

He said that aside from this, P100-billion has been set aside for the rehabilitation and construction of buildings and roads damaged by the natural calamities.

“Naglaan din ang pamahalaan ng kabuuang 100-bilyong piso para sa pagbabagong tatag at pagsasaayos ng mga mahahalagang gusali, daan, at pampublikong pasilidad sa mga lugar na tinamaan ng iba’t ibang kalamidad at sakuna, bukod pa sa pinalaking P13-billion na calamity fund na dati ay P7.5-billion na siya ngayong tinaguriang National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund,” Coloma said.

He said the President vowed to be transparent and trustworthy with the spending as he noted the budget would be spent in strict compliance with what it was meant for.

In his visit to Compostela Valley, Aquino inspected the core shelter housing units set up for the residents affected by Pablo.

After his trip to Compostela Valley, he proceeded to Zamboanga City where he received an update on government efforts to help the residents.

Officials led by Mayor Isabelle Climaco-Salazar welcomed the President, wearing shirts that bore the message "Build Back Better Zamboanga."

The Department of Public Works and Highways said its reconstruction plan focuses on 46 hectares of land that was affected by fighting. This covers 7,248 families in nine villages.

Meanwhile, the President visited anew Tacloban City and inspected and turned over bunkhouses for the residents who were displaced by Yolanda.

He led the ceremonial turn over of bunkhouses for 48 displaced familis in the villages of Baras, San Fernando and Candahug.

Each bunkhouse with a common toilet/wash area and kitchen will be composed of 24 rooms with a floor area of about 2.4 X 3.6 square meters to accommodate a family of five members. (SDR/Sunnex)

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