5 SUCs in Mindanao get P44.53M for rehab

CEBU CITY (MindaNews/07 August) – Five state universities and colleges in Mindanao have received a total of P44.53 million from the national government for rebuilding facilities damaged by the Zamboanga City standoff last year and other disasters, an official said Thursday.

In a statement, House Assistant Majority Leader Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr. said these are Zamboanga State College of Marine Science and Technology, Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College, Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology,

Zamboanga State College of Marine Science and Technology received the biggest amount at P27.15 million, while the other Zamboanga City-based school got P9.69 million.

Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology received P3.18 million, Surigao del Sur State University P3.13. million and Misamis Oriental College of Agriculture and Technology P1.38 million.

Thirty SUCs in the Visayas and Luzon also obtained varying amounts for rehabilitation.

Eastern Samar State University got the biggest allocation at P217.70 million. Eastern Visayas State University received P125.04 million, Visayas State University P113.80 million) and Bohol Island State University P112.73 million.

Last year, super typhoon Yolanda tore through Eastern Visayas, particularly Leyte and Samar, and a 7.2-magnitude quake damaged several infrastructures in Bohol.

“Malacañang previously authorized the Department of Budget and Management to release a total of P987.25 million to enable the 35 SUCs to rebuild calamity-wrecked structures and other physical assets, based on actual impairment verified by CHED and the Department of Public Works and Highways,” Gullas said.

“The P987.25 million is chargeable against Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program Fund under the 2014 General Appropriations,” he added. (MindaNews)