Involving P995 million worth of brgy. projects
TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) had set the March 2017 deadline for the completion of P995 million worth of projects meant to rebuild village facilities damaged by supertyphoon “Yolanda” in 2013.
Artemio Caneja, DILG-8 assistant regional director, said these projects are originally scheduled for completion last December 2016, but were extended until the first quarter of this year.
“We understand that it took time for our village officials to come up with documentary requirements for these projects even with the help of city and municipal governments,” Caneja said.
Among the requirements are program of works and detailed engineering designs which is being undertaken in coordination with concerned the local government units.
As of Wednesday (February 1), the 1,613 projects under the 2nd batch of Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) posted a completion rate of 71 percent.
The DILG had already disbursed P977.87 million of the total project cost.
These projects include barangay halls, day care centers and community centers.
Typhoon-ravaged communities in the region received more than P930 million outlay for RAY batch 2, covering 57 villages.
For RAY batch 1, which focuses on town government facilities, almost all projects are complete except in Tacloban City; Guiuan in Eastern Samar; and Tanauan, Alangalang, Jaro, and Julita, all in Leyte.
RAY is the government’s strategic plan to guide the recovery and reconstruction of the economy, lives, and livelihoods in the affected areas.
The objective of the plan is to restore the economic and social conditions of these areas at the very least to their pre-typhoon levels and to a higher level of disaster resilience. By Sarwell Q. Meniano