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PGMA extends life of Bicol rehab body until June 2010

Legazpi City (10 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has extended the life of an inter-agency committee handling the government's relief and rehabilitation initiatives in typhoon-hit areas in Bicol until June 2010.

The President issued Executive Order No. 779, amending EO 634, citing that the Bicol Calamity Assistance and Rehabilitation Effort Committee (B CARE C) needs more time to complete its mandate after enduring "some setbacks causing inevitable spillover until 2009-2010.

It can be recalled that President Arroyo issued EO. 634 on July 3, 2007 creating the B CARE C and providing its operations for two years.

The committee was tasked to integrate relief, rehabilitation, resettlement, recovery, livelihood, and development efforts in different areas of Bicol, particularly those affected by typhoons "Caloy," "Milenyo," and "Reming."

"The B CARE C shall exercise its powers and functions until June 30, 2010 unless otherwise directed by the President of the Philippines," EO 779 stated. The order, signed by the President last January 21, took effect immediately.

The committee replaced the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) as the clearing house for all fund requests for calamity victims to ensure judicious spending and close monitoring of projects.

It is headed by the chairman of the NDCC. Its members include the secretaries of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), the administrator of the National Electrification Administration (NEA), the general manager of the National Housing Authority (NHA), and the chairman of the Region V Development Council.

The President authorized the group to work with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on hazard mapping for the Bicol region, to coordinate with the Bicol River Basin and Watershed Management Office on common or overlapping project activities, to recommend courses of action to improve rehabilitation and reconstruction works in typhoon-affected areas in Bicol, and coordinate with national and local officials and non-government organizations in rehabilitation efforts. (PIA 5) [top]

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