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P105-M sought to rehab various infra projects in Apayao, Kalinga

TABUK CITY, Kalinga (8 February) -- A total of P105 million financial assistance is being sought from the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) to rehabilitate various infrastructure projects in the provinces of Apayao and Kalinga that were damaged by typhoons.

Kalinga Congressman Manuel S. Agyao and Cong. Elias Bulut Jr. of Apayao together with concerned local government unit officials are working for the approval and release of calamity funds from the NDCC for the rehabilitation of roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects damaged by typhoons. P88 million is being proposed by Kalinga while P17.5 million is requested by Apayao.

The officials have sought the assistance of the NDCC after local calamity reserves have been exhausted for relief operation and partial repair of damages wrought by typhoons Kabayan and Mina.

For his part, Agyao wants prioritized for rehabilitation are the Catabbogan-Ammacian-Wagod road in Pinukpuk to render it passable with gravelling estimated to cost P14 million; construction of two classroom school buildings in Tawang, Balbalan; construction of 2.5m x 3m x 6m box culvert to connect the San Quintin-San Vicente farm to market road in Rizal; and the upgrading of drainage projects in affected municipalities.

Mayor James Edduba of Pasil asked the NDCC P38 million (part of P88M) also to rehabilitate infra projects in his municipality.

On the other hand, Bulut also asked the NDCC for assistance for the repair of various national roads and bridges damaged in the province.

Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Administrator Glenn Rabonza, in his letter to the two legislators last week, requested that the local disaster coordinating councils damage report including impact assessment and financial plan be forwarded to his office for evaluation and recommendation to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Rabonza also asked for Sangguniang resolution appropriating local counterpart fund for the project and for the concerned local chief executive to certify thru a Sangguniang resolution assuring that whatever amount would be provided by NDCC, the project must be completed after which an endorsement from the regional disaster coordinating council (RDCC) and OCD regional director follows.

Rabonza, who is also the NDCC Executive Officer, told the proponents to make specific and reasonable the recommended amount for the projects and that damaged infrastructure projects are not covered by insurance. He asked that all concerned officials be informed and work together to fast track the preparation of the requirements.

Engineer Florante S. Balala, Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee of the Office of Congressman Agyao said he is facilitating the preparation of these documents with concerned offices. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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