ComVal to prioritize shelter for Pablo survivors over infra

COMPOSTELA VALLEY (MindaNews / 17 Dec) – The provincial government here has prioritized on providing shelters to survivors of last year’s Typhoon Pablo over infrastructure.

Provincial board member Tyrone Uy said in an interview that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has authorized Gov. Arturo Uy to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development during the board’s regular session last week.

Last week, Uy was acting vice governor with Manuel Zamora acting as governor.

The MOA would allow the government to receive funds from DSWD for the financing of a housing and shelter program, from a total of P1.3 billion in funding.

Implementation would start in 2014, the board member said.

“Right now we’re on the stage of shelter rehabilitation phase,” he said.

The target beneficiaries would be Pablo-hit areas such as Taytayan, Compostela, Monkayo, Laak and Montevista.

Part of the funding would also go to cash-for-work programs, he added.

Uy said that the province is also waiting for funding from the Department of Public Works and Highways.

“The agreement with the national office is for the DPWH to help build the bridges while the province would be the ones to repair the provincial roads,” he said.

In hard-hit Sitio Taytayan in Barangay Andap, New Bataan municipality for example, the bridge that the barangay is using has been built from trees that had fallen from Pablo’s wrath.

Uy said the budget for the bridge in Taytayan has been allocated for 2013, with the appropriation still pending.

Pablo killed more than 40 people from Andap alone, with New Bataan registering more than 350 casualties.