Guv: ‘Bohol is 80% recovered’

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

BOHOL Governor Edgardo Chatto has expressed confidence that the province can soon go back on its feet following the killer magnitude-7.2 earthquake eight months ago.

Chatto said last Friday that Bohol, the province which suffered the most damage from the tremor, is now 80 percent recovered.

“Hindi pa kami makakapagbigay ng timeline kung kailan magiging fully recovered ang buong probinsiya pero we are doing our best para mapabilis ito, the sooner the better,” he said.

To help expedite rehabilitation works, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Budget and Management (DBM) gave P1 million each to 26 municipal governments.

The Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) checks were turned over by Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad during the Provincial Congress on Disaster Preparedness in Tagbilaran City as incentive for good governance.

The towns of Alburquerque, Antequera, Baclayon, Balilihan, Bilar, Buenavista, Calape, Catigbian, Clarin, Corella, Danao, Garcia-Hernandez, Jetafe, Guindulman, Inabanga, Jagna, Lila, Loboc, Loon, Maribojoc, Panglao, Sagbayan, San Miguel, Trinidad and Valencia were conferred the seal of good housekeeping program that qualified them to receive the PCF.

Roxas said the PCF can be used for various programs and projects to enhance the delivery of basic services and sustain local economic development across the country.

The National Government has allocated a total of P965 million for the PCF this year.

Sagbayan town Mayor Ricardo Suarez said the fund will be of help for the rehabilitation of some schools and other quake-destroyed infrastructures.

Aside from the PCF checks, Roxas also gave P2.461-billion fund for Bohol recovery to Chatto.

Roxas said after the earthquake, they conducted a post disaster needs assessment, an inter-agency effort done to identify the needs of the affected areas.

Chatto said the town of Sagbayan will receive the highest amount of P242 million since it obtained greater damage as compared to other towns.

The funds will be spent for government infrastructures, rehabilitation of the destroyed and damaged markets, water facilities and civic areas such as gym, parks and plazas.

During his Bohol visit, Roxas also led the inauguration and opening of the rehabilitated 4.458-kilometer Biking-Tinago-Bingag road in the town of Dauis worth more than P17 million.

The road serves as a short cut for the commuters and travelers going to the beaches in Panglao and helps improve economic activity in the area.

Abad said the national government “looks up” to Bohol officials for their dedication, especially after the earthquake last October.

Chatto, for his part, thanked the national government through Roxas for the continuous support.

He said he will make sure that the funds will be used for the “Build Back Bohol Better” projects.

Roxas said that “Bohol is never forgotten.” (Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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