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PIA Press Release
2008/08/21

Aklan on road to recovery, says gov

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (21 August) -- Two months after Typhoon Frank battered Aklan, Governor Carlito Marquez said the province is now on the road to recovery.

Governor Marquez issued this statement when he delivered a message at the Planning Workshop attended by members of Aklan Rehabilitation Task Force held recently at the Gov. Corazon Cabagnot Tourism and Training Center at Brgy. Old Buswang.

Governor Marquez also revealed that help still keeps pouring in for Aklan typhoon victims from government and non-government organizations like the Dios Mabalos Foundation and the International Red Cross.

"Last week, the province received P2 million donation from the province of Cebu through Governor Gwen Garcia", Gov. Marquez revealed.

The kind gestures, according to the governor, give the Aklanons feelings of satisfaction that many people and organizations are concerned for their welfare, however, he said the time has come to submit the province' detailed rehabilitation program, thus the holding of the planning workshop by the task force.

Governor Marquez said there is a need for a detailed rehabilitation workshop, in keeping with a bill filed in Congress by House representatives from Western Visayas seeking a P15 billion fund for Bangon Panay Rehabilitation Program.

"Aklan should be part of Panay's Rehabilitation, being the worst-hit among the island's provinces. Even during one of President Gloria Macapagal's Cabinet meeting, she acknowledged that Aklan province suffered the worst from Typhoon Frank", Governor Marquez told the task force members coming from the national, provincial and non-government organizations.

Because of Typhoon Frank's devastation in Aklan which caused strong winds to destroy houses and infrastructure in the province and also brought the deepest flood in Kalibo and Numancia leaving tons of mud in streets and homes, PGMA visited Aklan two days in a row on July 1 and 2 to distribute relief goods, confer with local officials and talk with typhoon victims.

Governor Marquez said the rehabilitation plan should focus more on the rehabilitation and dredging of Aklan River as well the drainage system of Kalibo.

Governor Marquez said that the calamity that hit Aklan also gave an opportunity for the province to help improve Kalibo's drainage system along national, provincial, municipal and barangay roads by having the chance to seek funds from the national government.

With tons of mud still present in the mountains of Libacao town, Governor Marquez said the province is planning to buy a river dredging equipment because rehabilitation of the river through dredging will be a continuing activity to protect residents of Kalibo and Numancia. (PIA) [top]

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