Half of funding needs for northern Cebu rehabilitation to go to housing

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Friday, March 28, 2014


MORE than 50 percent of the Cebu Provincial Government’s updated “investment requirement” for typhoon Yolanda survivors will pay for shelter, including the purchase of land and site development.

Most of the mayors of the 16 local government units (LGUs) recovering the typhoon recently shared their problems with the purchase and development of relocation sites.

Based on the Task Force Paglig-on’s records, there are 610,984 persons in 328 barangays in northern Cebu who were affected by the typhoon last Nov. 8.

A total of 103,831 houses were damaged, according to the task force’s data.

Among the LGUs that have identified relocation sites are Bogo City, Madridejos, Bantayan, Daanbantayan, Medellin, Tudela, Sta. Fe and Borbon,

Site

Sta. Fe Mayor Jose Esgana earlier asked for the help of the National Government for the site development of resettlement areas located in Barangay Marikaban.

Families who used to occupy the 12,920 houses that have been destroyed and 2,104 that were damaged need to be relocated.

Consultant Baltazar Tribunalo Jr. said yesterday the total amount the Capitol needs for its rehabilitation and recovery program went down to P10.1 billion.

The officer said this was made possible by the help of the local and international non-government organizations in building the survivors’ shelter.

Out of the amount, P6.611 billion is for the shelter and relocation program.

The budget is broken down into the cost of the shelter (P3.9 billion), lot acquisition (P607 million) and site development (P97 million).

Water

Also included in the shelter and relocation item is the cost of water supply, roads and sanitation.

The Capitol will also need P690 million for infrastructure and utilities, and P874 million for the repair of schools, day care centers and health centers.

For livelihood and employment, the Province will need P1.725 million.

Tribunalo said the Capitol rehabilitation and recovery program was presented to the Philippine Business for Social Progress, a group of business owners, with the hope that they can help the Provincial Government in the rehabilitation.

Task Force Paglig-on has not yet determined when to submit the updated damage assessment to Malacañang.

Crops

Typhoon Yolanda destroyed or damaged at least P39 billion worth of infrastructure, crops and agricultural equipment in several Visayas provinces.

It also left more than 6,200 dead and 28,000 others injured, apart from driving some four million persons away from their homes.

The National Government has prohibited the construction of houses and other structures within 40 meters of the shore, as a precaution against storm surges like the one that devastated Tacloban City during Yolanda.

In a separate interview, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said there is already help from the National Government, like the cash-for-work program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and other national government agencies that implemented different programs.

“Ang uban tingali nga mga kaigsuonan nato wa gyud kakuan nga nakatabang na ba. Wala sila makarealize niana bitaw (Other people might not realize that the National Government has already helped),” Davide said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 29, 2014.

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