Rehab plan for typhoon-hit areas set

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Saturday, December 14, 2013


THE Provincial Development Council (PDC) approved a recovery and rehabilitation plan for areas in northern Cebu, which were ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) last Nov. 8.

The implementation of the Cebu Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan is estimated to cost P24 billion, to be funded by the National Government.

Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III noted that the cost is more than half of the national rehabilitation fund of P40.9 billion.

More than 90 percent or P22.116 billion of the Cebu plan involves shelter and resettlement of 337,121 families in 471 barangays in
the north.

Samboan Mayor Raymond Calderon, member of the PDC executive committee, said plan will be submitted to the Regional Development Council (RDC) meeting next week.

Tenure

RDC will then forward it to former senator Panfilo Lacson, head of the post-Yolanda national rehabilitation program, for approval and funding.

But during a separate "shelter cluster" meeting, land tenure of relocation sites for typhoon survivors was an issue.

Some relocation sites cannot be privately owned or titled, as in the case of Bantayan and Camotes islands, which are classified as timberland areas.

Taskforce Paglig-on head Baltazar Tribunalo said the rehabilitation group will invite the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), mayors of affected towns and other stakeholders in their meeting next week.

The DENR oversees the management of timberland and protected areas.

As of Dec. 6, Yolanda reportedly destroyed P1.878 billion worth of public infrastructure and crops. The figure does not include houses and private buildings and structures.

The Cebu rehabilitation plan covers shelter and resettlement; infrastructure; utilities; livelihood and emergency employment; social development and social infrastructure.

Social infrastructure covers schools and health facilities.

During a separate meeting with the shelter cluster, Tribunalo said the resettlement of residents living in danger zones has to be discussed with mayors, lot owners and other concerned government agencies.

He said land ownership is a crucial issue and negotiations are ongoing.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 14, 2013.

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