Biggest chunk goes to
billion ready for Yolanda rehab
April 10, 2014
TACLOBAN CITY – The
national government has made available almost P1.8 billion for the
rehabilitation of vital public buildings owned and operated by local
government units in Yolanda-affected areas, Interior and Local
Government Secretary Mar Roxas announced today.
According to Roxas, the
government through the DILG will release the funding allocation
amounting to P1,791,400,000 beginning this month (April) subject to
the complete submission by local government units of required
Yolanda-affected areas in Leyte province today to personally
distribute the check for the rehabilitation fund to mayors who had
submitted all the needed documents.
He noted that the
P1.79-billion fund comprises only the first batch of rehabilitation
fund for LGU-owned buildings. The second batch, amounting to
P358,348,047.54, is still being processed by the Department of Budget
and Management (DBM).
Roxas explained that the
special funding was made possible through the Reconstruction
Assistance on Yolanda (RAY), the national government’s strategic plan
to guide the recovery and reconstruction of the economy, lives, and
livelihoods in areas devastated by the Super Typhoon.
The objective of the plan is
to restore the economic and social conditions of Yolanda-affected
areas to their pre-typhoon levels, while also establishing a higher
level of disaster resilience.
"Sinisimulan na namin
ngayong buwan ang pagbibigay ng pondo para masimulan na ng mga LGUs
ang pagpapagawa ng mahahalagang gusaling pampubliko na winasak ng
Bagyong Yolanda," the DILG chief said.
"Bahagi ito ng pagsisikap ng
pamahalaan na pabilisin ang normalisasyon sa mga lugar na nasalanta ng
bagyo at maibalik ang regular na serbisyo ng LGU sa mamamayan sa
lalong madaling panahon," he added.
The DILG has instructed all
LGUs affected by Yolanda to submit their Program of Works (POW) for
the rehabilitation of damaged public buildings in their respective
areas, particularly the provincial, city, and municipal halls, public
markets and civic centers.
Of the 14 provinces and 171
cities and municipalities falling within the 50 km. radius of Typhoon
Yolanda’s path, four provinces and 146 municipalities and cities were
reported to have sustained significant damages on the three priority
Reported damages of critical
governance facilities in the 150 LGUs (4 provinces and 146
municipalities and cities) reveal that 92.3%, or a total of 323
facilities, are partially damaged while only 27 (7.7%) are totally
The total cost of approved
POWs for the partially-damaged facilities is P1,245,777,911.21, while
total cost of submitted POWs for the totally-damaged facilities is
The biggest chunk of the
rehabilitation fund for cities and municipalities will go to Tacloban
City, which was allocated P230,687,979.22 for the repair of the city
hall, public market, and civic center.
For the provinces, Leyte
received the biggest funding with allocation amounting to
P801,804,911.17, or about 45 percent of the total rehabilitation fund.
Allocation for the other
provinces in Region 8 include P19,917,634.41 for Biliran;
P100,219,564.57 for Eastern Samar; and P16,528,192.25 for Western
In Region 6, the
rehabilitation budget was divided with Iloilo getting the biggest
slice of P78,829,195.17; followed by Capiz with P66,053,141.99; Aklan
with P27,006,079.33; Antique with P24,877,150; and Negros Occidental
During his tour of Leyte
province, Roxas reminded the LGU beneficiaries of the RAY fund to
submit all the required documents at the soonest time possible so that
the national government can expedite the release of budget allocation
Initial documents required
include a Certificate from a Government Depository Bank on the LGU
Trust Account where Funds will be deposited, and SP/SB Resolution
authorizing the Local Chief Executive to enter into a Memorandum of
Agreement (MOA) with the DILG Regional Office.
"Inaasahan ko na
kukumpletuhin ng mga LGUs ang mga dokumentong ito at ipapasa sa amin
sa DILG sa lalong madaling panahon para mapakinabangan na agad ang
pondong inilaan ng Pangulong P-Noy sa mga nasalanta ng Bagyong
Yolanda," Roxas said.