More Yolanda funds up for release


Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd on Thursday announced that the second batch of Recovery Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) funds is ready for release.

The second batch of RAY funds amounting to P1.57 billion is allocated for 3,688 barangay (village) facilities such as barangay halls and daycare and civic centers in 2,798 barangay.

Roxas, however, appealed to local government officials in Western Visayas to finish immediately all projects under the first batch so that the second batch can be released to the villages.

Together with Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Executive Director Alexander Pama of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the Interior chief met with local officials on Yolanda rehabilitation efforts.

Of the first batch of the RAY funds totaling more than P1.74 billion, more than P27 million was allocated for Aklan, almost P25 million for Antique, more than P66 million for Capiz and about P79 million for Iloilo.

“We in the government will not abandon you,” Roxas said in Ilonggo to victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda, which destroyed the heaviest Tacloban City, Leyte, on November 8, 2013.

Also present during the meeting were mayors of Panay Island and Governors Florencio Miraflores of Aklan, Exequiel Javier of Antique, Victor Tanco Sr. of Capiz and Arthur Defensor Sr. of Iloilo.


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