Cebu City allots P50 million for infrastructure rehabilitation
CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City government has allotted P50 million for infrastructure rehabilitation of destroyed or damaged roads and bridges, barangay halls, public buildings located mostly in the mountain barangays caused by typhoon Odette which battered the city last December 16.
Lawyer Gerry Carillo, the chairperson for the Disaster Council said that the damage to public infrastructure including the road network has been significant and this has affected services in the mountain barangays.
With this, Mayor Michael Rama has instructed the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) to provide a Project of Works and Estimates (POWE) for each barangay on the structures that need repair.
“Nisugot na atong mayor nga maginclude og P50 million assistance for the rehabilitaiton of the barangay halls and centers, aron marehabilitate atong mga kabukiran,” said Carillo.
Although they do not have the estimated cost of damage for public infrastructure, Carillo said they saw in their assessment of the mountain barangays how much the typhoon devastated the roads and the public buildings there.
The clearing and the immediate restoration of the road network are already at 90 percent as of January 7, 2022, but Barangays Tagbao and Tabunan are still barely passable.
The bridge in Barangay Buot-Taop is already passable but needs to be reinforced or else another disaster may damage it again.
The city government, especially the DEPW, is already working on restoring the roads and bridges in these barangays so that mobility will be returned. The P50 million budget will help hasten the rehabilitation efforts.
“Bahinun na ang budget sa mga barangays pero ang DEPW ang moconduct og POWE. Initial palang ni, if kulang, we will also add,” said the disaster chair.
As for the road clearing operations, the Disaster Office has successfully cleared out 72.4 kilometers of national and city roads throughout the city from debris. They are currently clearing 13 roads and are targeting 95 more roads for clearing on Friday night.
Here is the map on the progress of the clearing operations in Cebu City as reported by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO):
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