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Yolanda-hit areas receive P1.15B for more infra projects



The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P1.15 billion to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the implementation of infrastructure projects in various regions affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

Charged against the FY 2014 Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program Fund (RRPF), the amount is slated for the construction, repair, and restoration of roads and thoroughfares that were affected by the supertyphoon in the different cities and municipalities of Regions IV-B (MIMAROPA), V (Bicol), VI (Western Visayas), VII (Central Visayas), and VIII (Eastern Visayas).

Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said, “The 2015 budget has been designed to give full support to various rehabilitation and reconstruction projects this year. Consistent with our Build-Back-Better strategy, we don’t just plan to rebuild roads and bridges damaged by Yolanda. We also intend to develop better and more resilient infrastructure that will enable the affected regions to weather future calamities.”

Eastern Visayas, which experienced the most damage after being directly hit by the typhoon, will receive the largest allocation, with P661.7 million divided among the provinces of Tacloban, Leyte, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, and Samar. Meanwhile, Western Visayas will receive P305.9 million to benefit the provinces of Antique, Iloilo, Aklan, and Capiz.

The fund release is part of the P20.9-billion appropriation from the FY 2014 RRPF Continuing Appropriation. The breakdown of the releases per region is as follows:




















































































































































REGIONPROVINCE/CITYAMOUNT
IV-BMindoro OccidentalP24,200,000
Mindoro OrientalP86,013,800
PalawanP2,630,000
RomblonP61,250,000
Sub TotalP174,093,800
VAlbayP2,680,000
CatanduanesP2,962,000
Sub TotalP5,642,000
VIAntiqueP37,904,000
IloiloP207,553,000
AklanP51,626,000
CapizP8,852,851
Sub TotalP305,935,851
VIICebuP1,200,000
Sub TotalP1,200,000
VIIITaclobanP91,862,000
LeyteP205,651,700
BiliranP22,398,959
Eastern SamarP122,155,624
Northern SamarP35,603,000
Samar184,068,693
Sub TotalP661,739,976
TOTALP1,148,611,627

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