Monday, February 2, 2009

Region 10 flood victims get P111.9M in shelter assistance

Cagayan de Oro City – At least P111.9 million have been allocated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as shelter assistance to victims whose houses were destroyed by the recent floods in Region 10.

Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Region 10 Director Carmelito A. Lupo, who is also the Executive Officer of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) in the Region, said this is in compliance to the instructions of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo when she visited Northern Mindanao last January 7.

The amount, he said, will be used in providing 1,047 housing units with P50,000 worth of building materials each for families whose houses were totally damaged and P10,000 worth of building materials each for 5,955 families whose houses were partially damaged.

Likewise, a total cost of P3.42 million will be provided for livelihood assistance of the flood victims which can be availed of under the government’s food for work program implemented by DSWD.

On the other hand, Lupo said per instruction of the President, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the Region is set to undertake dredging at the mouth of the Cagayan de Oro River and is only awaiting the release of the initial P150 million funding of the project’s total amount of P250 million.

The dredging operations will also be done in Iligan City, particularly at the Mandulog River, while construction of the river control dike at the Tubod-Manauay section and rehabilitation of the drainage in Mahayahay, all of Iligan City costing some P30 million is still proposed for funding.

Priority, however, have been proposed for the urgent repair of the damaged approaches of the Poblacion Bridge in Opol and Agay-ayan Bridge in Medina, both of Misamis Oriental, he also said. (Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob)

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