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PA tells LGUs, NGAs: Brace for Typhoon Frank massive rehab work

Iloilo City (9 February) -- Presidential Adviser for Western Visayas Raul N. Banias said the time frame for massive implementation of projects to rehabilitate typhoon Frank devastations may not be enough once the funding is released starting April.

Banias said in a briefing with representatives of the local government units and the agency regional directors that those undertaking rehabilitation work are requested to adjust or prioritize their projects to be able to absorb the funds to be released and channel it for actual benefits of areas and communities concerned.

A commission chaired by the Department of National Defense (DND) shall be created to oversee the project implementation based on the approved bill.

He said President Arroyo has certified as urgent the harmonized bills waiting to be passed by Congress.

The proposed P8 billion funding will be generated through a new revenue bill, which is the Simplified Net Income Tax Scheme (SNITS).

Banias said he is positive about the immediate release of the rehabilitation fund and is concerned on how effectively and efficiently this can be used at a relatively short span of time.

He added that the Lower House has approved a lump sum appropriations to cater to present actual circumstances of the areas affected and the rehabilitation work to be done.

Meanwhile, PA Banias urged agency heads and the LGUs to prioritize economic stimulus programs in their thrusts, in response to the major program of the Arroyo administration for a Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) in these times of economic difficulties. (ESS/PIA 6) [top]

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