Davide wants immediate repair of Capitol-owned bldgs.-A A +A
Sunday, October 27, 2013
CEBU Province-owned buildings, including some public schools, are insured and have enough coverage to pay for their rehabilitation, General Services Office (PGSO) Chief Eva Encabo told a Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Council meeting yesterday morning.
“I want it fixed as soon as possible,” Gov. Hilario Davide III told Provincial Engineer Hector Jamora at the meeting.
Encabo said the Capitol main building, whose damage was pegged at P2 million, has an P80-million insurance coverage.
The legislative building, with damage pegged at P5.08 million, is covered by a P74-million insurance.
But the three-story Baex building is recommended for demolition and its repair will entail P25 million, which is higher than its P7 million insurance coverage, said Encabo.
Also, the interior of the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) is insured from earthquake for P82 million, said Encabo.
However, Encabo presented documents to the council, indicating that the structure and exterior of CICC are not covered by the
Encabo said she renewed the insurance coverage of these buildings and some 284 Capitol-owned public schools with the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).
She reported that at least 200 elementary school buildings are individually insured with a total coverage of P137.33 million and some 84 high school buildings are insured for P59.15 million.
Encabo said a GSIS adjuster inspected the damage to the buildings last Friday. Capitol may start rehabilitation of these buildings anytime, she said.
Also during yesterday’s Provincial Disaster Risk-Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) meeting, Davide and department heads decided to buy items needed for “disaster preparedness.”
The Provincial Government’s remaining P95-million calamity fund will be used to buy these items, said Provincial Budget Officer Danilo Rodas.
Lawyer Ramil Abing, Davide’s chief of staff, said there is no need for regular bidding procedures in acquiring these items because the province is in a state of calamity.
Section 53 of Republic Act 9184, known as the new Government Procurement Law, allows other modes of procurement to hasten the purchase of supplies under an emergency situation, without having to go through the regular bidding procedures.
Encabo said the Province will resort to negotiated purchase in some items and bidding for items in preparation for disasters.
Cebu Schools Division Superintendent Arden Monisit said of the 1,122 schools in the province, 284 have major and minor damages worth P82.73 million.
All offices occupying the condemned Baex building are advised to move out.
Except for the Cebu Civil Service Commission, which will transfer to its main office in Barangay Lahug, all other offices, like the Department of Interior and Local Government and information technology office are being accommodated by Capitol and its surrounding small buildings after they moved out of Baex.
The Cebu Cultural Center in Lahug has P3.8 million worth of damage and its contents are insured from earthquake for P15.55 million.
The Cebu South Bus Terminal, which sustained P458,650 worth of damage, is not insured, said Encabo.
Encabo said that PGSO agreed to buy 50 tents.
Cebu’s 16 hospitals will be provided with two tents each. Eight tents will be given to the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and 10 to the PDRRMC Office, which was the first to lose an office after the quake.
Medicines and some medical equipment for emergency response will be bought upon the request of the Integrated Provincial Health Office.
PDRRMC will buy cots, blankets, portable toilets, medicines, medical equipment and a cargo container.
In yesterday’s PDRRMC meeting, PSWDO Head Evelyn Senajon updated Davide on the assistance they extended to victims in Cebu and in Bohol.
Davide said some 200 bags of rice donated by Isabela Province will be delivered and the 200 bags of cement, donated by Cemex, are ready for pick up.
Finance officers also informed Davide yesterday that the P7.002-million donation from the private sector, now in the custody of the Provincial Treasurer’s Office, does not require a board resolution or a budget obligation request for disbursement.
Finance officials also told the governor that the law allows Capitol to donate for church rehabilitation, if the church is declared a national heritage site.
Donations must be coursed through the National Heritage Commission.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 27, 2013.