The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Monday the rehabilitation of Yolanda-ravaged areas is being slowed down by delayed budget releases.
DPWH Region 8 Director Rolando Asis said that as of October 31, the rehabilitation program is only 71 percent complete because the funds from the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) is not released on time.
“Some of the projects have not been bid out yet because some of the funds from OPARR had just been released,” Asis said in a phone interview on Monday.
Asis said the OPARR has only released “about P1 billion “ for the rehabilitation efforts in Region 8.
He hopes to finish the project by the second quarter of 2015, focusing the rehabilitation efforts in Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte and Tacloban City.
Despite of the delay, all roads and bridges in Region 8 are now passable, he said.
Asis said he has been requesting the OPARR to release the rehabilitation funds since February, but the money was just released recently.
He said the funds were immediately downloaded to the DPWH, while funds for re- pairs will be sent to local government units.
The DPWH is focusing on the repair of the river dams and dikes in Yolanda-affected areas in Region 8.
He said the DPWH needs almost P1 billion more for the river control project.