Infra projects built in typhoon-hit areas

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014


A YEAR after Typhoon Pablo ripped through several towns of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, major infrastructure projects were erected to help residents get back on their feet.

National Economic Development Authority (Neda) 11 regional director Maria Lourdes D. Lim, speaking in Monday's Davao Press Club's Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao Annex, presented the completed infrastructure projects in badly-hit areas.

"Numerous infrastructure projects were completed in 2013 with the aim of restoring normalcy and building disaster resiliency through a build back approach," she said.

Through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), they have completed three roads and national bridges in Compostela Valley amounting to P6.5 million.

A total of 12 irrigation systems were also completed through the National Irrigation Administration, in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley amounting to P122 million. A total of 10 projects worth P110 million were done in Compostela Valley while two were done in Davao Oriental amounting to P12 million.

She also reported that they have completed 23 classrooms, through the Department of Education (DepEd). Of the total, 18 classrooms were constructed for elementary schools and four for secondary school in Compostela Valley while another one classroom for an elementary school in Davao Oriental.

"Due to the disruptive effect of the typhoon on countless families living in the affected areas, the Core Shelter Program of the National Government was spearheaded," Lim said, adding the program was spearheaded to provide more resilient housing units and restore normal living conditions to those who lost their homes.

More shelter units will be built in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley. At least 24,000 shelter units are expected to be constructed in Davao Oriental while 28,747 in Compostella Valley in the next few years.

As of January 9, 2014, a total of 674 shelters in Compostela Valley while 825 in Davao Oriental have been completed.

"Last month, 1,266 shelters were turned over to the families, with 524 of the units in Compostela Valley and 742 in Davao Oriental," Lim said.

The official boasted that the shelter units have sturdier infrastructures, equipped with a flat roof as compared before where A-line type of roofs were used on temporary houses.

"That would be more resilient because in the experience of Pablo, the A-line type roofs were blown away because of the strong winds. With the flatter roofs, the houses are sturdier and more disaster resilient," she said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 15, 2014.

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