KALIBO, Aklan — The national government will provide P2,285,149,784 as an initial fund for the rehabilitation of Aklan in the aftermath of super typhoon “Yolanda,” Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said.
The hardest-hit towns of Banga, Batan, Libacao and New Washington will be prioritized, Roxas said during a meeting with local officials here on Tuesday.
Specific allocations of the fund are as follows: housing, P595,195,000; economic and social infrastructure/restoration of public utilities, P692,239,797; agriculture and fisheries, P231,932,697; and livelihood and employment generation, P765,782,290.
Roxas said the fund will be released as soon as typhoon-related reports from the municipalities are completed.
He said the first tranche will be coursed through the Department of Public Works and Highways, which will deliver construction and housing materials to those with totally damaged houses, this week.
Records showed that 14 people died while 84 others were injured in the province at the height of the super typhoon on November 8.
The devastation affected 96,940 families or 421,735 individuals in 327 barangays.
Present during the meeting were Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Aklan Rep. Teodorico Haresco, Aklan Gov. Florencio Miraflores, mayors of 17 towns in Aklan, Antique Gov. Exequiel Javier and some Antique mayors.
For her part, Soliman said the Social Welfare department will implement a “cash for work” program for the survivors. More relief packs will be given out, too, she added.
There will also be a massive revalidation of National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program records to determine the beneficiaries of aid. Residents not under these programs will be covered.
Roxas said a total of P130 billion will be given to typhoon victims in Regions 6 and 7 covering 171 towns.
He said the government has released an initial P30 billion, which will be used to fund various government programs to help the typhoon-hit provinces. (By Ernan Baldomero)
Source: Panay News