Capitol’s rehab plan gets Lacson’s nod

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Sunday, April 27, 2014


PRESIDENTIAL Assist-ant for Reconstruction and Recovery (PARR) Chief Panfilo Lacson approved Cebu’s P10.45-billion detailed rehabilitation and reconstruction plan, according to Gov. Hilario Davide III.

“PARR will even use it as a template for other provinces that have yet to submit their plan,” Davide’s text to Sun.Star Cebu read.

Presidential approval

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Cebu’s plan will be submitted to President Benigno Aquino III next week for final approval.

Davide said there’s a big chance the President will approve it.

“Secretary Lacson, himself said he’s going to recommend to the President the approval of our rehab plan,” he said.

Davide submitted the plan to Lacson in the latter’s office in Manila last Friday night.

Davide’s advance party included Task Force Paglig-on chief Baltazar Tribunalo and his assistant Carmel Ulanday and Capitol consultant Rodrigo Lachica.

They first presented the plan to Lacson since the governor’s flight was delayed.

Initial aid

“From PARR, it’s already okay, but we need to abide by the process and that includes getting the approval of the President,” said Tribunalo.

“A P2.5-million financial assistance will be given to the Province by PARR for the establishment of a website and other IT (information technology) stuff,” Davide said.

The Nov. 8 super typhoon Yolanda devastated Cebu’s northern areas, affecting 16 towns and a city, and displacing 152,746 families in 328 barangays.

Daanbantayan had the most number of families affected with 20,426 households and a total of 103,831 houses.

The task force will again discuss the plan so the team will be prepared for the final presentation to convince the President and to “ensure fewer questions are raised.” (OCP)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 27, 2014.

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