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Palace okays release of P1.76-B for repair, rehab of infrastructure damaged by 4 super typhoons

Manila (26 April) -- Malacanang has approved the release of a total of P1.76 billion for the repair and rehabilitation of several infrastructure facilities that were damaged by super typhoons Milenyo, Paeng, Reming and Seniang last year.

The release of the rehabilitation funds was earlier recommended by Defense Secretary and National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) Chairman Hermogenes Ebdane Jr.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said in his weekly press briefing in Malacanang this afternoon that the funds are all chargeable against the Calamity Assistance and Rehabilitation Effort (CARE) provided under the General Appropriations Act of Calendar Year 2007.

In a letter to Ebdane, Ermita said the approval of the requested repair funds is "subject to the availability of funds, provisions embodied in the Omnibus Election Code and other pertinent budgetary, accounting and auditing rules and regulations."

Ermita said P500 million will be used by the National Electrification Administration for the completion of the rehabilitation of the distribution lines of electric cooperatives damaged by the typhoons in Regions III, IV-A and B, V, VI and VIII.

Another P500 million will go to the National Irrigation Administration for the repair and rehabilitation of irrigation systems damaged by the typhoons in 12 regions all over the country. The typhoons destroyed irrigation systems in seven regions of Luzon, plus five regions in the Visayas and in Mindanao (Regions VI, VIII, IX, XI, XII).

On the other hand, P400 million will be used for the repair and rehabilitation of several buildings that were destroyed by the typhoons in state universities and colleges in Regions IV-A and B, V, VI and in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Among the state universities and colleges ravaged by the super typhoons were Bicol University in Albay which will receive P148 million; University of the Philippines-Los Banos (P80 million); Catanduanes State College (P40 million); Camarines Sur State Agricultural College (P40 million); Sorsogon State College (P28.47 million); Laguna State Polytechnic College (P22 million); and the Partido State University in Camarines Sur (P11.53 million).

Meanwhile, P300 million will be released to the Department of Health (DOH) for the repair, rehabilitation and reconstruction of government hospitals, plus the replacement of equipment and facilities damaged by typhoons Milenyo, Paeng, Reming and Seniang in 10 regions from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in the north to Region VIII in the Visayas.

In his letter to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo dated March 16, 2007, Ebdane recommended the release of the amount to the DOH, stressing that "the implementation of these projects will provide quality health services and psychological support to the constituents in the affected areas."

The following local government units will also receive typhoon rehabilitation funds: Quezon province (3rd district), P30 million; Sta. Maria, Romblon (P10 million); P5 million each for Dinapigue, Isabela; Santol, La Union; and Vigan, Ilocos Sur; plus P1 million each for the following five LGUs: MacArthur, Leyte; Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya; Sta. Magdalena, Sorsogon; Barangay Tagudtud, Bugasong, Antique; and Pinukpuk, Kalinga. (PIA) [top]

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