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NegOr needs P1.2 B for
repair of structures


The province of Negros Oriental needs at least P1.2 billion  for the rehabilitation and repair of government structures damaged by tropical storm  “Sendong”,  Gov. Roel Degamo said.

This was after the assessment   by provincial engineers of damaged river dikes, bridges, roads, spillways and  water systems.

The request was sent to  Undersecretary  Benito Ramos,  of the office of Civil Defense, the governor said.

Degamo  said he is optimistic that  the province will benefit from the  P20 billion calamity fund of the national government intended for calamity-stricken areas.

He also expected to issue an executive order within the week for the creation of Task Force Kinabuhi  as an offshoot  to the   tropical storm.

The task force will conduct a study of rivers throughout the province, especially those  that overflowed during the recent storm like the  Banica, Okoy and Tanjay rivers.

Degamo is asking Silliman University president Dr Ben Malayang III,

a former undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources  to be the  coordinator,  and action officer  of the task force.

During an initial meeting with  heads of the affected local government units, Malayang  suggested  the  massive planting of bamboos along the banks of rivers and asked them  to recommend  short, medium and long term solutions.

As a start, P8 million  was allotted for massive dredging activities,  and P5 million for gabions.  The amount  will be taken from the 30 percent of the 5 percent calamity fund intended as Quick Response Fund  for 2011,  amounting to P18 million.

Another P13.5 million was  allotted as assistance to 3,564 partially damaged houses at P2,500 each and P5,000 each for 1,388 totally damaged houses.

The other budget of   P2.5 million  is for the purchase of rice, P.5 million for fuel,  and P1.5 million for goods, to   be taken from the QRF of the 2010 calamity fund.*JG



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