Bogo City gets 31 houses from Norwegian group

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Sunday, August 3, 2014


THE Bogo City Government received 31 houses for Yolanda survivors donated by a Norwegian group in a turnover ceremony witnessed by Gov. Hilario Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale.

The 31 houses, which were received by Bogo City Mayor Celestino “Junie” Martinez, are located at Yolanda Village in Barangay Lapaz.

The houses were donated by Prosjekt Filippinene represented by May Britt Tynes.

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The 31 houses were in addition to the 100 houses earlier constructed at the Yolanda Village donated by various nongovernment organizations and private individuals.

Identified settlers

Martinez is targeting 4,000 houses for Yolanda survivors that will be constructed in identified sites in Barangays Cayang, Bungtod, Marangog, Malingin, Pulangbato and Gairan.

The construction of houses in these barangays immediately starts after the site development.

Most of those who will be relocated to Yolanda Villages will come from coastal easement areas considered “danger zones” because these are vulnerable to storm surges.

The Cebu Provincial Government has already given P2 million as initial financial assistance to Bogo City in the typhoon’s aftermath.

Davide is now hoping for the immediate release of the P12-billion rehabilitation fund, which was recently approved by President Benigno Aquino III.

Cash aid

Also during the turnover, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) distributed P30,000 each to 502 family-beneficiaries under the Emergency Shelter Program.

DSWD 7 Director Mercedita Jabagat said they are targeting 7,000 beneficiaries who will not be accommodated at Yolanda Villages and who do not live in danger zones but whose houses were destroyed during the typhoon.

Also in the ceremony, the Department of Agriculture (DA) announced the allocation of P9.979 million to Bogo City to help Yolanda survivors.

Cash for work

DA 7 Director Angel Enriquez said P7.279 million was distributed to 1,489 farmers yesterday in the form of seedlings, fertilizers, fuel subsidy and one-hand tractors, among others.

Enriquez said the remaining P2.7 million is for the “cash for work program” where the DA 7 pays farmers to work for at least five days to prepare their farm for planting.

Enriquez said the P2.7 million was supposed to be turned over to DSWD but Jabagat refused to implement it because they are already fully-loaded with assignments.

“We will be making our own (DA) guidelines and will be the one to pay directly to the farmers who will actually work,” Enriquez said.

The World Vision International, which also donated houses and scholarship grants to poor children, was also present at the turnover.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 03, 2014.

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