Program to let private sector help launched

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Thursday, January 16, 2014


THE Bogo City Government yesterday launched its housing and livelihood program with the distribution of P5.2 million worth of roofing materials and 200 piglets.

But since the Bogo City Government’s funds are limited, Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr. said launched the Adopt a Barangay Project (ABP) so that the private sector can help in the rehabilitation efforts.

Bogo City reported that super typhoon Yolanda damaged and destroyed 18,000 houses. This raises the need to relocate 4,000 families, rebuilding of 6,000 residences and repair of 8,000 houses.

The City Government needs P295.6 million to provide affected families houses. But Martinez said the City Government only has P16 million for the rehabilitation program.

Under the ABP, private groups can go directly to the barangays and help.

Martinez said the City Government received pledges for 500 houses from various nongovernment organizations. An initial number of houses will be turned over on Jan. 25.

Each house cost P42,502 to build, said Martinez.

The City Government also distributed 18,000 galvanized iron (GI) sheets and and 4,000 kilos of umbrella nails as roofing materials. Each beneficiary will get six to 10 GI sheets.

The local government also distributed 200 piglets to 100 beneficiaries and three sacks of feeds each.

Payment

The mayor said the City Government will ask payment for the piglets only after three months, when the animals have been sold.

The piglets are insured with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp., to cover losses in case of death.

Martinez said the City Government will also give incentives to outstanding raisers.

The composite team of the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) witnessed the distribution of roofing materials and piglets as they were in Bogo to set up base there.

The PDNA team is tasked with assessing the needs of disaster-affected areas in Cebu and Palawan.

“This is the first LGU (local government unit) that we assessed. Paspas kaayo sila kay nagsugod na og (They are quick to implement projects to) relocate and rehabilitate,” said Minda Morante of the Office of Civil Defense, who also heads the PDNA composite team.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 16, 2014.

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