Secretary Mar Roxas greets Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez
after the check turnover held at Tiera de Milagrosa, Palo, Leyte
on April 10, 2014. Tacloban City received P230 M for repair of
key LGU buildings under the government’s Reconstruction
Assistance on Yolanda (RAY).
receive aid for damaged public buildings - DILG
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
April 30, 2014
TACLOBAN CITY –
Following the release of national government assistance recently to
provinces, cities and municipalities hit hard by Super typhoon
Yolanda, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is
now turning its attention to helping barangays regain their ability to
deliver basic services.
DILG-8 Regional Director
Pedro A. Noval Jr. said that as announced by DILG Secretary Mar Roxas
during the turnover of checks to local government units (LGUs) last
April 10 and 11, barangays will also receive assistance for the repair
of damaged barangay halls, day care centers, and civic centers (e.g.
Dir. Noval called on city
and municipal mayors to help their barangays to prepare and submit the
supporting documents to the DILG Regional Office in Tacloban City by
May 7 so that they can benefit from the national government aid under
the Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda (RAY).
Aid for provincial, city and municipal governments
He also disclosed that of
the 61 affected local government units in Eastern Visayas, only the
municipality of Albuera, Leyte has yet to claim its check for P7.75M,
due to the reported failure of its Sangguniang Bayan to issue a
resolution authorizing its Mayor to enter into a Memorandum of
Agreement (MOA) with DILG.
The amount released by DILG
directly to the affected municipalities, cities and provinces in
Eastern Visayas this April totaled more than 900 million pesos.
The first batch of checks
were personally handed over by Secretary Mar Roxas to the provincial
government of Leyte, the cities of Tacloban, Ormoc and Baybay, and 35
towns affected in Leyte. Other badly hit LGUs in Eastern Visayas
received the RAY funds through Dir. Noval who was instructed by Sec.
Roxas to distribute the checks so that LGUs could already start their
The mayors or local
treasurers of six municipalities and the provincial government in
Biliran, and of two towns in Samar claimed their checks at the DILG
Regional Office on April 24. The next day, Dir. Noval visited two (2)
more towns in Samar and 11 towns in Eastern Samar to hand over the
checks to their municipal mayors.
Pictorials, notarization needed
Barangays, to be able to
avail of national government aid for repair, should submit to DILG-8
Regional Office, pictorials (taken from all angles) of the affected
buildings and programs of work prepared by the City/Municipal Engineer
and approved by the Punong Barangay. These shall likewise be validated
by the C/MPDC and attested by the City/Municipal Mayor and the
Municipal DILG officer. All documents submitted must be subscribed and
sworn to by a notary public.
According to Dir. Noval,
this will help DILG hasten project evaluation and fund release since
the agency cannot feasibly do onsite validation of each damaged
building in the estimated 2,000 barangays affected by Yolanda in the
region since it only has three (3) engineers at its regional office
and a few at the field.
Call for accountability and transparency
Dir. Noval echoed Sec. Roxas’
plea for LGUs to be prudent in the use of the money, and as much as
possible, tap local labor and materials to help stir up its economy.
DILG is asking non-government organizations (NGOs), media and the
public to help the agency monitor LGU spending of RAY funds. The
department expects all repair and rehabilitation projects by LGUs to
be completed by the end of the year.
Of the P1.79 Billion
(P1,791,400,000) allocated for rehabilitation of LGU buildings under
RAY, Tacloban City received the biggest chunk at P230,687,979.22 for
the repair of the city hall, public market, and civic center. For the
provinces, Leyte LGUs received the biggest funding with allocation
amounting to P801,804,911.17, or about 45 percent of the total
rehabilitation fund. Allocation for 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 Samar.