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Western Visayas soon to receive P3-B typhoon emergency fund

San Jose, Antique (20 October) -- Presidential Assistant for Western Visayas Dr. Raul Banias disclosed here the imminent release of P3-B typhoon emergency fund for Western Visayas -- P1 billion for Ondoy and Pepeng, and 2 billion for last year's Typhoon Frank. The money will be used for repair and rehabilitation of infrastructure and local economies disrupted or destroyed by the storms.

The announcement was made during the 3rd Quarter Full Council Meeting of the Regional Development Council (RDC) last Thursday at the Iloilo Grand Hotel. In attendance were regional heads of national agencies, NGOs, local chief executives and the Provincial Governors in Region 6 headed by Antique Governor and RDC Chairperson Salvacion Z. Perez.

RDC Sectoral Committee heads reported on the developments being planned and ongoing and finished ventures of their respective group. The economic, infrastructure, social development, and regional land use committee chiefs detailed several improvements they have undertaken, including proposals for new bridges, ports, requests for help from child care agencies, and new waste management programs.

Presidential Assistant for Western Visayas Dr. Raul Banias divulged plans to release the typhoon emergency fund, worth 1 billion pesos for Ondoy and Pepeng and 2 billion for last year's Typhoon Frank, which will be used for the repair and rehabilitation of infrastructure and local economies disrupted or destroyed by the storms.

He also added another resolution which requests the DSWD to include the region's armed conflict areas in their list of priority beneficiaries of the 4Ps program. Other matters, like the Western Visayas OTOP Congress concerns, were also discussed. (pio_antique) [top]

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