The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has approved a total of 33 projects for the repair and rehabilitation of government facilities damaged or destroyed by super typhoon Rolly.
In a meeting held at the governor’s office, the council members unanimously approved the proposed projects submitted by the Provincial Engineer Felix Vargas Jr., including the two biggest allocations, the repair and rehabilitation of the provincial capitol building with P22.9 million and that of the Eastern Bicol Medical Center with P10 million.
Also getting considerable allocations are the repair of the Catanduanes Convention Center (P7.7 million), repair and rehab of Patagan box culvert (P8 million), repair of PEO and PEPO repair bay (P5 million each), and repair of Capitol Multi-Purpose Hall, P5 million.
District hospitals are also set for rehabilitation, as follows: JMA Memorial DH, P4-M; Bato Maternity & Children’s Hospital, P3-M; Viga DH, P2-M; Pandan DH, P1.5-M; Caramoran Municipal Hospital and Gigmoto District Hospital, P1-M each; and, Baras Medicare & Community Hospital, P3-M.
The other repair and rehab projects are: OPAG Training Center, P2-M; Sangguniang Panlalawigan, P2-M; Veterans Center, P300,000; Capitol perimeter fence, P3-M; Capitol drainage system, P3-M; Regional Trial Court windows, P1-M; General Services Office, P1-M; Provincial Health Office, P2-M; Bureau of Soils building, P1-M; Provincial Crisis Center, P1-M; Hicming river control, P3-M; Hicming bridge approach and abutment, P3-M; Viga breeding station, P1-M; Pandan breeding station, P3-M; Simamla hatchery, P500,000; PEO guardhouse and gate, P1-M; Extension of Cavinitan-Pajo river control, P3-M; and, construction of Agojo sea wall, P5-M.
It was suggested during the meeting that in implementing the repair and rehabilitation projects, the PEO should use typhoon-resilient designs under the Build-Back-Better approach being promoted by the national government.
The P118,880,724.00 funding is part of the P190 million released to the province of Catanduanes by the national government from the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) under the Disaster Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Assistance Program of the FY 2021 General Appropriations Act.
The P4.5 billion budget for the program is intended to aid local government units whose economy and livelihood were directly affected by the Taal Volcano eruption, typhoon Quinta, super typhoon Rolly and typhoon Ulysses.
The appropriated amounts are to be used by the LGUs to support priority programs and projects such as shelter and resettlements, public infrastructure, education and health services, agriculture and social protection.
Amounts allocated for the 11 towns in Catanduanes are as follows: Bagamanoc, P2,216,995.00; Baras, P4,710,941.00; Bato, P6,806,461.00; Caramoran, P4,052,729.00; Gigmoto, P3,029,431.00; Pandan, P1,833,793.00; Panganiban, P1,988,577.00; San Andres, P12,217,949.00; San Miguel, P3,668,547.00; Viga, P6,287,773.00; and, Virac, P24,370,272.00.
All in all, the allocation for Catanduanes amounted to P190,064,192.00, which pales in comparison with Albay’s P646.6 million and Camarines Sur’s P512.3 million.
The other three provinces in Bicol received less than Catanduanes: Camarines Norte, P121 million; Sorsogon, P62.6 million; and, Masbate, P25.7 million.