• P200M needed for Mindanao repairs

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    GENERAL SANTOS CITY: The provincial government of South Cotabato has requested around P200 million in augmentation funds from the national government to facilitate the repair and rehabilitation of various infrastructures that were damaged by floods.

    Milagros Lorca, acting head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said they submitted the request to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 12.

    The fund will cover the repair and reconstruction of a damaged spur dike and river embankment protection in Banga town, three vital bridges in Koronadal City and several provincial road networks, she said.

    “These are our main priorities right now and we’re hoping that the NDRRMC will approve our request soon,” she said.

    Lorca said the OCD-12 has scheduled a series of field validations this week regarding the damages caused by the June 24 floods and landslides, which affected Koronadal City and the municipalities of Banga, Tupi, Tantangan and Norala.

    The results of the validation will determine whether the province could access the NDRRMC’s Quick Response Fund.

    The Provincial DRRM Council earlier recommended the declaration of the entire province under the state of calamity as a result of the June 24 floods and landslides, which left three people dead and about 1,000 others displaced.

    PNA

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