ALMOST six years after Typhoon “Yolanda” devastated the country, close to three million households in five regions have benefited from the P1.278-billion worth of repaired and rehabilitated municipal facilities, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) confirmed on Wednesday.
At least 308 facilities belonged to the first batch of the department’s Recovery Assistance for Yolanda (RAY) program, DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said.
Of the total, 98 are civic centers, 103 municipal halls, 106 public markets, and one DILG regional field office.
“With the completed municipal facilities, we are very optimistic that our new sets of municipal leaders in the Yolanda-affected areas can now provide normal government services to their constituents,” Año said in a press statement.
Bringing back the normal situation of government services and economic activities in the affected areas, RAY Batch 1 covers the repair or rehabilitation of totally or partially damaged municipal facilities in Regions 4-B, 5, 6, 7, and 8 lying within the 50-kilometer radius of the typhoon’s path.
Of the 308 completed projects, seven are in Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) one in the Bicol Region, 127 in Western Visayas, 28 in Central Visayas, and 145 in Eastern Visayas. DARWIN PESCO