PROSPERIDAD, AGUSAN DEL SUR – The provincial government headed by Governor Eddiebong Plaza, also the chair of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council mobilized an action plan to rehabilitate Veruela, Sta. Josefa, Trento and Bunawan towns heavily hit by Typhoon Pablo and launched the “Oplan Pablo” Operation Center to raise some P37 million as shelter and food assistance being badly needed by the victims.
Governor Plaza called on to the Agusanons to show the spirit of volunteerism by taking action in responding to the immediate needs of thousands of family rendered homeless and without sources of income.
As part of the rehabilitation and reconstruction plan, the governor, provincial board members and the mayors of the four municipalities assessed the priority needs of the victims and agreed on the P33,266,880 fund allocation for shelter which is equivalent to 126,492 pieces of galvanized iron sheets or 21 sheets per family. Of the total amount, Veruela gets P8,847,360; Trento P16,145,280; Sta. Josefa P5,365,440; and Bunawan P2,908,200.
For immediate food assistance, a total of P3,720,973 is needed to avert potential hunger. Over-all, Veruela needs an estimated P41,084,416; Sta. Josefa P657,639; Trento P1,978,918 and Bunawan P356,530.
Of the total 6,532 families numbering to 32,563 persons who sought temporary shelter in 38 evacuation centers in the entire province during the onslaught of the typhoon, some have returned to their homes while 16,770 persons in Bunawan, 13,049 in Sta. Josefa and 2,684 in Bunawan are still staying in evacuation centers because their houses were totally wrecked and they have no more livelihood as their crops were entirely wiped out.
Others are staying in makeshift tents along the roadside.
Aside from the shelter and food assistance, the provincial government will also distribute seeds to the four towns through their municipal agriculture offices on December 15.
Meanwhile, Governor Plaza gave orders to Provincial Environment and Natural Resources officer Ranulfo Paler to establish a plan on how to rehabilitate the watershed areas of the affected towns.
Veruela Mayor Salimar Mondejar emphasized on the need of reforestation to avert possible calamities in the future brought about by forces of nature. He said it is imperative to protect and preserve the remaining forest and to plant more trees by continuously tapping the national greening program together with other government agencies. (PPIO-ADS)
Local Budget and Finances
BUTUAN CITY, June 26 (PIA) -- A total of 28 local government units in the Caraga Region received today the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) from Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo during the conduct of the region-wide Tapatan on Disaster Preparedness.
In the provincial level, the Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte qualified for the Seal of Good Housekeeping and received the PCF amounting to P7 million each.
Also, five local government units (LGU) from the city level, Cabadbaran, Tandag, Surigao, Bislig, and Bayugan, qualified and received P3 million each.
Meanwhile, 21 municipalities also received funds amounting to P1 million each. These are Buenavista, Las Nieves, and Nasipit in Agusan del Norte; Bunawan, Esperanza, La Paz, Loreto, Prosperidad, Rosario, San Francisco, San Luis, Sibagat, Talacogon, Trento, and Veruela in Agusan del Sur; Cantilan, Hinatuan, San Miguel, Tagbina, and Tago in Surigao del Sur; and Claver in Surigao del Norte.
The fourth to sixth class municipalities in Surigao del Sur received same fund from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) last December 2011. The city of Butuan, on the other hand, also got same incentive fund late last year.
According to DILG-Caraga information officer Florian Faith Bayawa, the PCF is an incentive fund to LGUs in the form of counterpart funding to high impact capital investment projects in the Annual Investment Program (AIP) and funded out of the 20 percent Local Development Fund consistent with national goals and priorities.
Bayawa further said the fund prioritizes low-income LGUs and those with high poverty incidence.
The municipalities of Talacogon, Trento and Veruela in Agusan del Sur have also received the Salintubig project from Robredo while the barangays of Bugsukan and Buntalid in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur; Barangay Remedios in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur; and barangay Sta. Cruz and Mabini in Tubajon, Surigao del Norte, also received the project.
The Salintubig is one of the flagship program of the Aquino administration in line with the commitment of the national government to achieve the targets set in the Philippine Development Plan as well as the Millennium Development Goals to provide people access to water supply and sanitation in areas of the country where water is not accessible.