Government pours in P8.09B for Tacloban City’s rehabilitation and recovery

From the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery

The National Government has already disbursed P8.09 billion to fund various rehabilitation and recovery programs, projects and activities in Tacloban City. Of this figure, P3 billion is for infrastructure projects; P367.44 million for social services; P4.01 billion for resettlement; and P714.73 million for livelihood assistance.

“Based on these figures, Tacloban City has received the most funding support from the National Government for its rehabilitation needs,” Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) Panfilo M. Lacson.

The P8.09 billion funding translates to half of Tacloban City’s requested and approved total funding requirement estimated at P15.73 billion.

Through this funding support, several projects are already ongoing or have been completed. Among these are the ongoing repair of Tacloban Base Port and Daniel Romualdez Airport, which is targeted to be completed by the end of 2014. The repair of the City Hall, Civic Center and Public Market, funded through the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), are all ongoing.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in coordination with PARR has begun distributing Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) to affected households with partially and totally damaged houses in safe areas of Tacloban City. ESA distributions will amount to P315.55 million.

Various livelihood efforts include, among others, Cash for Building Livelihood Assets (CBLA) assistance to 9,725 families; Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) employment program for 1,151 beneficiaries; and repair or replacement of damaged fishing boats for 547 fishermen.

All targeted 14,433 permanent housing units for Tacloban City are already funded with the total amount of P4.01 billion. As of today, 1,124 housing units have been completed and 5,526 are being constructed with target completion in 2015. Based on Tacloban City’s report submission dated May 22, 2014, the total damages of the City is estimated at P7 billion while its total rehabilitation and recovery funding is pegged at P15.73 billion.

The Government’s comprehensive approach ensures that beyond addressing disaster-related damages and losses, funded projects and activities will improve the Yolanda affected areas in keeping with principle of “building back better.”

“Most of the funds are coursed through implementing agencies such as the National Housing Authority [NHA], Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Trade and Industry [DTI] and DSWD. As PARR, my focus now is to exercise my oversight functions during the implementation stage and ensure that the rehabilitation projects are delivered efficiently and timely for the benefit of the people,” Secretary Lacson said.

“Tacloban is only one of the 171 cities and municipalities directly affected by Yolanda. We are ensuring that all areas in the Yolanda corridor will get the assistance they need,” Lacson emphasized.