Eastern Visayas, the region hit by super typhoon “Yolanda” in 2013, gets the largest share of the total P24.7 billion Bottom-Up Budgeting funds (BuB) for 2016, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
“This means the 4.1 million people living in the provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar, Norther Samar, and Biliran, of which more than half are poor, will get the biggest share from BuB — a game-changing reform under this administration that has allowed communities to directly identify priority poverty reduction projects to be funded under the National Budget,” said DBM Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad.
Eastern Visayas will receive a total of P2.25 billion in BuB funds to support the implementation of 1,105 priority projects. These projects include construction and upgrading of evacuation facilities, flood control, local roads, school buildings, and water supply and sanitation; acquisition of rescue equipment; as well as support to livelihood, fishing and agriculture.
Eastern Visayas is the poorest region in the country. Poverty level in the region grew to 54.9 percent from 45.2 in 2012 following the onslaught of Yolanda, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority.
Abad said that of the total 1,105 projects, 194 are big-ticket projects pertaining to disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM).
The DRRM projects account for P736 million of the total BuB funds allocated to Eastern Visayas. Of this amount, P478 million will go to evacuation facilities, P160 million to flood control and P98 million to acquisition of rescue equipment and vehicles.
There are a total of 80 projects on construction and upgrading of evacuation facilities across the region. Ten of these projects cost P15 million each. These 10 evacuation facilities projects will be implemented in the municipalities of Can-avid, Guiuan and Llorente in Eastern Samar; Palo, Dagami, Dulag, and Tabango in Leyte; and Almagro, Santa Margarita and Paranas in Samar.
There are a total of 68 flood control projects while there are 48 projects on the acquisition of rescue equipment and vehicles.