Yolanda projects info, updates now on website

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

CEBU -- The Open Reconstruction port, a website about rehabilitation and reconstruction projects in Yolanda-affected areas and their respective funds, will be launched today, Sunday.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad made the announcement last Friday. The website will contain information like how much each project costs, how many projects are ongoing, problems some projects are encountering and how much more money is needed.

Also last Friday, four chief executives presented their rehabilitation plans to Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Secretary Panfilo Lacson and Cabinet members, namely Abad, Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman, National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Undersecretary Cecilia Abad and National Housing Authority General Manager Chito Cruz.


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Lacson said they will endorse the plans to the President for approval and funding.

The four chief executives were Samar Gov. Sharee Ann Tan, who submitted a P7-billion rehabilitation plan; Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, who submitted a P25-billion rehabilitation plan; Leyte Gov. Leopoldo Petilla, who submitted a P22-billion rehabilitation plan; and Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III, who submitted a 12.5-billion rehabilitation plan.

The other local government units (LGUs) that were affected by Yolanda have yet to submit their rehabilitation plans.

Abad said funds will be directly downloaded to LGUs if they can show “capacity,” which means they have a program of work, they can implement, they can monitor and then report developments of the project.


Asked if funds will be directly downloaded to Samar, Tacloban, Leyte and Cebu, Abad said that will depend. He said some of them have made other requests, but he did not elaborate.

But if the four LGUs show “capacity,” he said they would prefer downloading the funds directly to recipients.

Asked when the funds will be downloaded, Abad said they’ve released some funds not related to the rehab plan like the one submitted by Task Force Paglig-on in Cebu.

He also said the DILG has already released funds to many municipalities to rebuild their town halls.

Last May 1, DILG Undersecretary Bimbo Fernandez and Davide distributed checks worth P67.2 million to 16 LGUs in Cebu affected by Yolanda. The money will go for the repair of municipal halls, public markets and civic centers.

Funds were called RAY, or recovery assistance for Yolanda, said DILG 7 Director Ananias Villacorta.

The same 16 LGUs received P33 million from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources last April. (OCP)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 01, 2014.

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