6 Cebu LGUs get repair funds-A A +A
Friday, August 22, 2014
THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) 7 turned over checks worth about P19 million to six local government units (LGUs) in Cebu Province that reported damage during the 7.2 magnitude earthquake more 10 months ago.
DILG 7 Director Ananias Villacorta and DILG Provincial Director Jerome Gonzales gave the checks to Alcoy, Boljoon, Dalaguete, Moalboal, Samboan and Carcar City.
The financial assistance was given to the LGUs for the repair of the local government-owned infrastructure like municipal and barangay halls; civic, day care and health centers; public markets; bridges and waterworks systems.
DILG allocated P23.8 million for the government buildings’ rehabilitation for the nine LGUs in southern Cebu.
Alcoy received P3.12 million while Boljoon got P11.12 million. Dalaguete received P1.11 million and Samboan got P260,000.
Moalboal Mayor Inocentes Cabaron said the financial assistance will be used for the repair of the municipal building.
Moalboal was given a check for P1.3 million.
Cabaron said the municipality’s bids and awards committee will post next week an invitation to the bidding for the building’s repair.
He thanked the DILG, saying the agency was the first to help Moalboal.
He said LGU earlier repaired the town’s damaged sports complex using the Municipal Government’s funds.
Carcar City Mayor Nicepuro Apura said they will use the P2.1 million for the repair of the cracked walls and the leaked water pipes inside the city hall.
He said they used the city’s calamity fund for the repair but it was not enough. He was grateful to the DILG for the assistance.
“I did not expect the aid,” he said.
The three other towns that have not yet received DILG’s help are Argao, Alegria and Sibonga.
In a separate interview, Gonzales said the three LGUs have yet to complete their program of works, a requirement for the release of the fund.
The LGU can submit it to the DILG region or province, he said.
He said the DILG and the recipient-LGU need to sign an agreement, which has to be authorized by the municipal council.
In a press statement from the Capitol, Villacorta said it was agreed by the mayors that before the release of the checks, they should be oriented with the guidelines to ensure proper implementation.
“The mayors are accountable for the funds,” Villacorta said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 22, 2014.