P27-B rehab plan in Central Visayas approved

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Friday, December 20, 2013


CEBU -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) in Central Visayas approved on Thursday the rehabilitation and reconstruction plan for the areas in Central Visayas, which were ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) last Nov. 8.

The RDC-Central Visayas, headed by National Economic and Development Authority Regional Director Efren Carreon, also approved the rehabilitation plan for areas in the region affected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last October 15.

The RDC meeting was attended by officials from the government and private sector held at Harolds Hotel in Gorordo Ave., Cebu City, on Thursday.

Carreon said the approved rehabilitation plan will be forwarded to the National Government for the inclusion in the rehabilitation national budget.

The approved investment requirement based on the proposed rehabilitation and reconstruction program affected by Typhoon Yolanda in Central Visayas is P26.926 billion.

The Province of Cebu has the highest investment requirement amounting to P26.844 billion.

Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III assisted by Provincial administrator Mark Tolentino presented the rehabilitation and recovery program of the Province.

Summary

The summary of the investment requirement of Cebu includes shelter and resettlement (P23.603 billion), infrastructure (P478.446 million), utilities (P46.7 million), social infrastructure which include schools and health facilities (P853.774 million), livelihood and emergency employment (P558.154 million), social development (P25.3 million) and plan implementation and coordination mechanism (P1.278 billion).

There are at least 15 towns and a city, where houses, municipal halls, roads, bridges, school buildings, bridges, sea ports and public buildings were devastated by Yolanda.

These include Bantayan, Sta. Fe, Madridejos, San Francisco, Pilar, Poro, Tudela, Tabuelan, Tuburan, San Remigio, Tabogon, Borbon, Sogod, Daanbantayan, Medellin and Bogo City.

Capitol consultant Baltazar Tribunalo Jr., head of Task Force Paglig-on, said the livelihood is for the fishing, farming and tourism in the affected areas, while the emergency employment includes the cash-for-work program.

6 concerns

The Capitol aims to address the six basic concerns identified as food security, education and skills training, health, economic opportunities and countryside development, environmental enhancement and disaster preparedness, and good governance.

Bohol Province needs P80.71 million, while Negros Oriental needs P1 million to address the damage brought by the typhoon.

The two provinces have the same summary of programs and projects with Cebu.

For the proposed rehabilitation program related to the earthquake, Central Visayas will need at least P14 billion.

Two months ago, Bohol, Cebu and Negros Oriental experienced the 7.2-magnitude earthquake.

Most of the old churches, houses, roads and bridges in Bohol were destroyed.

Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto, who attended the RDC meeting, said Bohol needs P12.3 billion for the repair and reconstruction of the infrastructure.

Cebu’s investment requirement is P1.521 billion, P24.55 million for Siquijor, and Negros Oriental needs P163.6 million.

Prioritization

In an interview, Carreon said there will be funding from the National Government for the programs and projects of the rehabilitation plan.

“But we cannot say that 100 percent of all the proposed programs and projects will be funded. But, the point is we are telling the National Government that we have identified the priority areas for the rehabilitation,” Carreon said.

Carreon said that aside from the National Government, there are also international communities that have indicated their interest to fund certain programs and projects.

Taiheiyo

Meanwhile, Taiheiyo Cement Corp. based in Tokyo, Japan gave P2 million assistance for the Typhoon Yolanda survivors.

Shuji Fukuda, president and representative director of Taiheiyo, wrote Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III, expressing his sincere condolences and sympathy to the victims and survivors of the typhoon.

Satoshi Asami, president and chief executive officer of Taiheiyo Cement Philippines Inc. (TCPI), handed over the P2-million check and Fukuda’s letter to Davide at the governor’s office.

Mandaue’s aid

Also, Mandaue City officials led by Mayor Jonas Cortes turned over checks on Thursday to eight local government units in northern Cebu hit by Yolanda.

Officials of Bogo City and the towns of Sogod, Borbon, Tabogon, Medellin, Daanbantayan, San Remigio and Tabuelan said they intend to use the amount to restore damaged public infrastructure and repair or rebuild homes.

Bogo received the biggest aid with P600,000, followed by Daanbantayan with P550,000 and Borbon with P500,000. Medellin and San Remigio each got P400,000. Sogod, Tabogon and Tabuelan received P300,000.

The Mandaue City Council has adopted an ordinance giving financial aid to 15 local government units in northern Cebu and five in Leyte. It later amended the ordinance to include two more towns in Leyte, the province hardest hit by super typhoon Yolanda.

The City has allocated P8.6 million to give the LGUs financial aid, which ranges from P250,000 to P600,000.

Extent of damage

Cortes, in an interview, said the aid the City gives depends on the size of the town or city and the number of households affected.

Next week, Cortes said they hope to turn over checks to the towns of Pilar, Poro, San Francisco and Tudela in the Camotes Islands; and the towns of Bantayan, Madridejos and Sta. Fe in the Bantayan Islands.

City officials also aim to turn over the cash aid to the cities of Tacloban and Ormoc and towns of Alang-Alang, Albuera, Palo, Isabel and Kananga before New Year.

On Thursday, Cortes, Vice Mayor Glen Bercede and City Councilors Jimmy Lumapas, Nenita Ceniza-Layese, Ben Basiga, Association of Barangay Captains president Ernie Manatad and other officials went to the typhoon-affected towns in the north on board the City’s coaster.

Except in Bogo, whose newly-inaugurated City Hall was severely damaged, all checks were received at the municipal halls.

The checks were received by Sogod Mayor Lissa Marie Durano-Streegan, Borbon Vice Mayor Noel Dotillos, Tabogon Mayor Zigfred Duterte, Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr., Medellin Mayor Ricardo Ramirez, Daanbantayan Mayor Augusto Corro, San Remegio Mayor Mariano Martinez and Tabuelan Mayor Rex Casiano Gerona.

‘Long way’

“This will go a long way,” the mayor of Bogo said of the financial assistance. Martinez received the check at his residence.

In an interview, he said the amount will be used to build houses for coastal residents who need to be relocated to safer areas.

Martinez said they have already identified five resettlement areas, which include one each in Barangays Pulangbato, La Paz and Kayang.

In the aftermath of the typhoon, the Bogo City Government developed a community-based rehabilitation plan called “Adopt-A-Barangay Project”.

The damage caused by the typhoon, which struck last Nov. 8, in Bogo was estimated at P295.6 million. About 18,000 houses were either damaged or destroyed. Of these houses, 4,000 need to be relocated, 6,000 need to be rebuilt on site and 8,000 need to be repaired.

The City aims to work with non-government organizations in relocating residents living in danger zones and in the rebuilding and repair of houses.

Martinez said they have already started the construction of houses in a relocation site in La Paz. The site, he said, will be named Yolanda Village.

SM’s aid

The City Government and the SM Cares, the flagship corporate social responsibility program of the SM Supermalls, will hold a ground-breaking tomorrow for another relocation site in Pulangbato. The SM Cares has pledged to build 200 houses in a 1.1-hectare lot donated by the Fernan family.

San Remigio Mayor Mariano Martinez, for his part, said the municipal government will use the money to fix the market, the town hall and the slaughterhouse.

“Our focus is to bring back the economic activities,” he told Sun.Star Cebu.

Daanbantayan Mayor Augusto Corro said the municipal government has now received P6 million in cash aid, including the one from Mandaue. “With this amount, we can provide housing materials for about 3,000 families,” he said.

He said they are working with several non-government organizations, including foreign ones, in helping repair of rebuild about 20,000 affected houses.

Tabuelan

Tabuelan Mayor Rex Casiano Gerona said they intend to use Mandaue’s financial aid to repair or rebuild classrooms. He said about 40 classrooms in the town’s 12 barangays were affected. “We want to repair classrooms over the Christmas break,” he said, adding they would rather not wait for the Department of Public Works and Highways to do the repairs.

In Camotes, the Mandaue City Government is set to give P400,000 to San Francisco, P350,000 to Pilar, and P300,000 to Poro and Tudela.

In Bantayan Island, the City will give P400,000 each to Madridejos and Sta. Fe, and P500,000 to Bantayan. In Leyte, the City will give P600,000 to the cities of Ormoc and Tacloban; P300,000 each to the towns of Palo, Kananga and Isabel; and P250,000 to the towns of Alang-Alang and Albuera. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 20, 2013.

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