Latest news from the province of Capiz for Dec. 5,2013
Here are the latest news from the province of Capiz for Dec. 5, 2013. Compiled and aggregated by Capiz News.
Mayors warned vs over declaration of typhoon damages
Mayors in Capiz were warned against over declaration of the damages their towns suffered due to super typhoon Yolanda.
In a meeting Wednesday morning with local officials here, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas II told the local chief executives from the province’s 16 towns and capital city to accurately and credibly report the status of their towns, including the damage to different sectors like infrastructures, agriculture, fisheries, among others.
“Wala kita palapaw ha (No over declaration of damages),” he said, adding that the damage report will be submitted to President Benigno Aquino III.
He said the President wants to be sure that rehabilitation measures will be implemented in Capiz immediately.
Roxas also told the mayors to be specific in the implementation of the national government’s cash-for-work program – a scheme which aims to provide emergency jobs to Capiceños, especially those who were displaced from work due to the typhoon.
“You should be specific on what kind of work the beneficiaries will do,” he said.
“Of course, there should be results from these jobs,” he added.
Under the cash-for-work program, beneficiaries will receive P277 a day based on the existing minimum wage. She said that the first batch will only receive P208 a day.
The beneficiaries will clear the roads and drainage and help in the repair of school buildings and health centers.
Roxas, along with Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, were in this city to get updates on the status of the province and to update the local governments on the national government’s rehabilitation program.
Tanco, First District Rep. Antonio del Rosario, Roxas City Mayor Angel Alan Celino, with the mayors of 16 towns, welcomed the Cabinet members.
The three executives also met with the business sector and fish pond operators in the province. By: Joel E. Capundan / The Daily Guardian
Typhoon survivors with damaged, destroyed houses to get aid
Typhoon survivors with damaged and destroyed houses are assured of aid from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
In her visit Wednesday, DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman said the typhoon Yolanda survivors in Capiz with damaged houses will receive P10,000 worth of assistance while those with destroyed houses will get P30,000 worth of assistance.
Soliman said the aid from the national government will come not in cash but in shelter kit composed of GI sheets, nails and other materials needed to repair and rebuild the houses.
But Governor Victor Tanco Sr. said the provincial government will give cash P10,000 assistance for those with destroyed houses and P5,000 cash aid for those with damaged houses.
The province has allotted some P7.2 million for housing assistance while P1.9 million is cash donations.
As of December 4, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council disclosed that 88,084 houses were totally damaged and 59,407 were partially damaged in Capiz.
There were also 69 persons who died from the typhoon and one was missing.
In terms of damage, the PDRRMC said the province’s losses in infrastructure reached P4.2 billion, agriculture – P3.8 billion and fisheries – P759.17 million.
Meanwhile, Soliman vowed to have three rounds of relief good distributions in the province.
“We will not run out of food,” Soliman said.
She said food packs to be distributed will now contain dried fish, miswa, pancit and cooking oil. By: Joel E. Capundan and Felipe V. Celino / The Daily Guardian
‘Rebuild houses away from danger zones’
Residents who used to live near the coastlines and whose houses were damaged or destroyed during the super typhoon Yolanda onslaught were advised to rebuild their houses away from the set danger zones.
In a meeting with local officials here Wednesday, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas II said the national government will only give shelter assistance to those who will rebuild their houses outside the 40-meter danger zone from the shoreline.
The assistance will be in the form of shelter kit consisting of construction materials while the Department of Social Welfare and Development will validate the list of beneficiaries.
Roxas advised the mayors to coordinate with concerned government agencies and private sector partners relative to the relocation of the residents living in the danger zones.
“There are geohazard maps which can serve as guide to local government units in building disaster-resilient houses or safer communities,” he said.
He said part of the government’s rehabilitation plan is the mapping of areas that are prone to flood, landslides and storm surges which will help identify permanent danger zones and safe relocation sites.
Roxas said the local government units should have local disaster risk reduction and management plans, and can consider forced evacuation in case the communities are in grave danger.
In the same meeting, Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) officials vowed to help the LGUs and the business sector in applying for loan assistance.
Roxas, who is also the co-chairperson of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, was in Capiz together with Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman and Defense Secretary Voltair Gazmin “to check ongoing relief operations and rehabilitation efforts in areas devastated by Yolanda.”
Roxas also turned-over a new firetruck to the Roxas City Bureau of Fire Protection before the group proceeded to Estancia town in Iloilo to check on the victims of oil spill. By: Felipe V. Celino / The Daily Guardian
‘More aid for Capiz coming’
More support is coming to areas in Capiz struck by super typhoon “Yolanda,” the national government assured.
Among which are the “cash for work” program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), shelter kits from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and more relief goods.
Interior Secretary Mar Roxas yesterday met with local government officials and businessmen in this capital city to discuss what the province needs for its rehabilitation.
The meeting was held at the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s session hall in the City Hall.
With Roxas were Department of National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, Gov. Victor Tanco Sr., 1st District Rep. Antonio del Rosario and Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Treñas.
DSWD’s “cash for work” program will begin this month, Soliman said.
Local government units must first submit today a “concrete and specific” proposal on what jobs they would offer, she said.
Capiceños who will benefit from the program will receive P277 per day, the minimum daily wage in the province, she said.
For his part, Tanco said he will provide building materials for the owners of 125 totally damaged houses in every municipality and 500 totally damaged houses here.
Shelter kits with building materials worth P30,000 and P10,000 for totally damaged and partially damaged houses, respectively, will be given to displaced families, said Soliman.
Roxas said the DPWH will distribute these shelter kits. He advised Tanco to give displaced families tarpaulins that may be used to build temporary shelters for now.
Soliman also said there will be three rounds of relief good distribution tentatively from December 8 to 10.
Relief goods will be delivered to remote barangays with the help of the Philippine Air Force, she said. By RALPH JOHN MIJARES / PanayNews