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DBM releases additional funds to DILG for Yolanda affected areas

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released additional Php 2 billion funds to Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) through the Recovery Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) for the second batch of projects for the ongoing recovery and rehabilitation assistance for Typhoon Yolanda affected areas.

The additional fund is part of the initial Php 4.012 billion budget earmarked for the RAY-DILG Fund. The projects will focus on the spillover projects of municipal halls, civic centers, public markets and barangay facilities which were not funded in the first batch.

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas has previously released to LGU beneficiaries the bulk of first initial funds amounting to Php 1.7 billion for the first batch of projects. The LGUs are now under the stages of procurement and construction of partially-damaged provincial, city, and municipal halls, public markets and civic centers. The LGUs are also required to abide by the full disclosure policy, which will be monitored by network of Civil Society Organizations to promote transparency and accountability.

RAY is the national government’s strategic plan to guide and help in the recovery and reconstruction of the economy, and livelihoods in the Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated areas. Part of RAY-DILG’s objective is to bring back the normalcy of the local government services in the Yolanda affected areas.