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RAY-DILG Fund Supports Tacloban City

Tacloban City was utterly devastated after the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda last November 8, 2013. The National Government gave Tacloban City an initial fund of more than P230M to repair and rehabilitate 25 of its municipal structures including Government Offices, Public Markets and Civic/Evacuation Centers.

From the time the fund was given last April 10, 2014 to Tacloban City, five (5) government structures were already repaired, such as the CENRO building, COOP building, Evacuation centers 1 & 2, and Bagsakan building. Twenty (20) municipal structures are still under rehabilitation as of this writing, including the Tacloban City hall and its extension, Legislative building, City Engineer’s Office with garage, Bodega and Carpool, City Court building, Balyuan Convention center, Kanhuraw Business Center, Livelihood Training center, Liga ng Barangay office, COA building, Market building Annex A and B, Tacloban Supermarket Agora Old building, Fish stall, Brgy. 52 two-storey market building, New Kawayan two-storey market building and the astrodome.

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas said that the Department expects 50% of rehabilitation projects to be completed by the end of the year, while the rest of the projects by the first quarter of 2015. “With the completion of the local government buildings, the municipal employees can work effectively and give more efficient services to their constituents. Local businesses will restore operations and the delivery of basic commodities will be stable again once the public markets are rehabilitated. Socio-cultural activities such as sports events will resume after the civic centers are repaired,” he said.

Sec. Roxas also encourages everyone to visit the Project Performance Monitoring System (PPMS) at www.ray.dilg.gov.ph to view the status of projects in Tacloban City and other RAY-DILG Fund projects.

The RAY-DILG Fund covers the repair and rehabilitation of partially-damaged government facilities in Regions IV-B, V, VI, VII and VIII. DILG has transferred funds amounting to P1.245B for the Municipal Facilities under Batch 1 of projects.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released additional Php 2 billion to DILG for the second batch of projects that will focus on the rehabilitation of damaged barangay facilities such as barangay halls, day care centers and civic centers.

DILG has likewise submitted to the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) the list of other local infrastructure projects needing additional funds such as local roads, local bridges, terminals, flood control, drainage systems, slaughterhouses, water systems and Halls for Justice.

The DILG is working hand in hand with Tacloban City to give hope to the people and to bring back normalcy in the community.