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Leyte gov reveals PGMA fund assistance for relocation sites of disaster areas

By Bong Pedalino

Maasin City (June 2) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has given financial assistance intended for site development purposes to various relocation sites of disaster areas in Southern Leyte province.

This was revealed today by Gov. Damian Mercado at the Provincial Development Council (PDC) meeting held at RK Kangleon Function House, this city.

"President Arroyo, in a meeting with DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno and Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, pledged to look into the relocation sites of disaster areas in the province," Gov. Mercado said during the Governor's Time at the start of the PDC meeting.

The gathering was attended by municipal and city mayors or their representatives, heads of national line agencies, provincial, municipal offices, and some representatives of the private sector.

Members of the provincial Board, led by Vice-Gov. Miguel Maamo were also present.

Gov. Mercado stressed that the general welfare and the common good of Southern Leytenos remained his prime concern everytime he was attending official functions outside the province, like the recent meeting he attended with the President and the two Cabinet officials.

Mrs. Virginia Lim Cruz, the Provincial Planning and Development Officer, said the P 20 million financial assistance from President Arroyo will be for the calamity-affected municipalities of Liloan, San Ricardo, Saint Bernard, Bontoc, and San Francisco.

For Saint Bernard, the presidential assistance will be used for the concreting of main road at Mahika relocation site in barangay Catmon, for New Guinsaugon and Nueva Esperance at barangay Magbagacay, and at barangay Atuyan, said Cruz in a follow-up interview over the phone with PIA.

For San Ricardo, it will be at barangays Pinut-an, Looc, and Esperanza; barangay Caligangan for Liloan; Bongawisan relocation site at barangay Napantao and barangy Punta relocation site for San Francisco; and barangay Hibagwan at Bontoc.

The program of works for these projects has been taken care of by the Provincial Engineers's Office (PEO), and this will be implemented anytime soon, it was learned. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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