SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
21 November 2020 04:39:40 PM
The House Special Committee on Bicol Recovery and Economic Development chaired by Rep. Jocelyn Fortuno (5th District, Camarines Sur) convened on Friday to discuss and ensure that the courses of action for the rebuilding of infrastructure and the restoration of livelihood in areas in the Bicol region heavily damaged by recent typhoons would be sufficiently funded. Fortuno said the destruction caused by Typhoons Quinta, Rolly and Ulysses is massive. “According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the Bicol region bore the brunt of the typhoons,” she said. The panel adopted House Resolution 1326 which urges President Rodrigo Duterte to come up with a Comprehensive Bicol Rehabilitation Program in response to the heavy devastation brought about by Super Typhoon Rolly that includes providing immediate relief, recovery and reconstruction for rebuilding a better Bicol. Author Rep. Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte Jr. (2nd District, Camarines Sur) said Typhoon Rolly damaged billions worth of crops and agricultural infrastructures in its wake and damaged an estimate of hundreds of thousands of hectares of agricultural crops. Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Region V Regional Director Claudio Yucot gave a partial report on the damages caused by Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses. He said that Typhoon Rolly affected 248, 568 families and 949,071 persons, displacing 480,788 persons and 120,057 families in the Bicol region. Total cost of damages to infrastructure, agriculture, health, education and power amounted to P23.415 billion. Meanwhile, Typhoon Ulysses affected 424,845 families and 1,631,767 persons and displaced 620,593 persons and 161,329 families. The total cost of damages to national infrastructure is P2.235 billion. Also present in the meeting were directors of Region V offices of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), as well as a representative from the Budget and Management Bureau (BMB)-E of the DBM Central Office They reported on the damages caused by Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses, including post-disaster needs for the purpose of identifying possible sources of funds for the rehabilitation of the Bicol Region.