TACLOBAN CITY- Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will be on hand on April 10 & 11 to personally turn over P 800 million worth of checks to local governments in Leyte severely affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
It was learned from DILG – 8 Regional Director Pedro A. Noval Jr. that the checks represent part of the national government’s Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) to local governments in Leyte which were hard-hit by the typhoon.
Separate turnovers will be scheduled for other LGUs in the region.
From the airport, Sec. Roxas will go to Palo, Leyte at 9AM on April 10 (Thursday) where local chief executives (LCEs) of nearby LGUs will receive their checks in a short program. The group will then proceed to Baybay City for a similar activity at 1PM. Sec. Roxas will likewise preside over the turnover of checks in Ormoc City at 9AM on April 11 (Friday).
According to Dir. Noval, LGUs in Eastern Visayas submitted project proposals worth P938 million in all for the repair of their provincial capitols/municipal or city halls, public markets, and civic centers. These proposals were keenly evaluated and then approved by DILG.
The repair projects coursed through DILG will be implemented by LGUs, after submission of the required Programs of Work and signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DILG, with the corresponding sanggunian resolution authorizing the LCE to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the agency.
Additional amount will be released to the DPWH which will implement proposed projects for reconstruction of key LGU buildings.
Supertyphoon Yolanda in addition to claiming lives and properties, also devastated public buildings and facilities in Eastern Visayas. The release of checks is a fulfillment of the promise of national government to help hard-hit towns regain their capacity to deliver basic services and respond to the needs of their community. (PR)