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138 facilities under RAY Batch 1 completed in 2014

The Recovery Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) project of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has now completed 138 out of the 309 partially-damaged LGU-owned and managed facilities under RAY-DILG Funds Batch 1, which involves repair and rehabilitation of city/municipal halls, public markets and civic centers.

The completion of 51 city/municipal halls enabled 4,678 employees to work efficiently and provide effective services to their community. Local businesses such as those of 1,382 market vendors benefited from the rehabilitation of 46 public markets. Around 15,100 people in the affected areas can now hold sports events and other socio-cultural activities with the repair of 41 civic centers. Most importantly, the repaired infrastructures were built in accordance to the Build Back Better principle, making them disaster-resilient facilities.

Majority of the remaining 158 facilities are also currently in the final stages of completion. DILG Secretary Mar Roxas encourages the LGUs to complete the remaining facilities under the first batch of projects by March2015.

The Department of Public Works and Highways manages the reconstruction of 25 totally-damaged municipal facilities. Under RAY Batch 1, 13 municipal facilities were funded; two (2) are on-going construction, six (6) are in the procurement stage, while the remaining five (5) projects are in the design stage already. The remaining 12 municipal facilities will be funded in RAY Batch 2.

RAY Batch 1 also provided funding assistance to the interior sectors of DILG. For the Philippine National Police (PNP), there are 202 police stations that are presently in the construction stage, two (2) projects under procurement and one (1) project already completed.

For the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), 19 facilities have now been completely repaired, while three (3) are under construction.

Thirty one (31) fire stations under the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) have now been completely repaired and 12 are currently under repair.

Alongside the on-going construction of the remaining projects under Batch 1, RAY-DILG is now preparing for the implementation of Batch 2 projects.

RAY Batch 2 will focus on the rehabilitation of 3,446 partially-damaged barangay facilities and 242 totally-damaged barangay facilities from 2,798 barangays. Batch 2 focuses on the repair of barangay facilities such as barangay halls, day care centers and civic centers.

Aside from the barangay facilities, the second batch of RAY-DILG Fund will cover the repair and rehabilitation of additional 7 municipal facilities not included in Batch 1.

RAY-DILG intends to bring back to normalcy the local government operations by providing financial support for the rehabilitation of critical local government infrastructures which were significantly damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda last 2013.