Monday, July 22, 2019

Capitol starts buying relief items, gear for El Niño-hit towns

Cebu Provincial Capitol (SunStar File Photo)

THE Cebu Provincial Government has already purchased rice and other relief goods which will be delivered on Tuesday, April 23, to local government units affected by the weak El Niño.

Jone Sepe, Cebu Provincial Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) vice chairman, said they already received around five purchase requests for food and equipment assistance worth P23 million since April 16.

The purchase requests were made by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), and Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO).

Of the total amount of calamity assistance requested by the three offices, P6.4 million is for the acquisition of rice stocks requested by the PSWDO; P1.5 million for the premium rice, and P3.6 million worth of relief goods such as noodles and canned goods which will be delivered by their supplier.

Aside from rice and relief items, the Province is also set to provide assistance to affected farmers by acquiring equipment such as water tanks and water pumps.

The other P2.5 million is for stainless water tanks and water pumps, while over P9 million is for plastic drums, hoses, and water tanks that were requested by the PAO and is currently being assessed by the BAC’s canvassing committee, Sepe said.

Sepe assured that the procurement will be fast since it is attached to the letter the resolution of the declaration of a state of calamity in the entire Province due to effects of the mild El Niño.

Sepe explained that in processing a purchase order, the concerned office has to make a purchase request and submit it to the Provincial Budget Officer to check if there is enough funds.

The PR will then be sent which will then be sent to the Provincial Treasurer’s Office to determine the available cash.

Once Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III approves the PR, it will go to the BAC to determine the mode of procurement.

As of last week, the damage and loss to agricultural products and livestock due to the weak El Nino has already reached P45 million. (JJL)


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