Quake-hit Bohol to be granted Php5 billion
More than a month after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the island of Bohol on 15 October, President Aquino announced that the nation government has set aside Php5 billion for the rehabilitation of the province.
In a meeting with the Bohol Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in the capital city of Tagbilaran, the president said that Budget secretary Butch Abad had already set aside the funding for Bohol.
The last estimate made by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has placed total damage brought by the earthquake to the province at more than Php1.383 billion.
The president inaugurated two new temporary bridges that replaced the collapsed Abatan and Tagbuane bridges in the municipalities of Maribojoc and Alburquerque. Stronger permanent structures are set to be built next year. The president said ‘(The) end point is we want to give you these bridges and other infrastructure built back in a better condition.’
The Department of Health is also eyeing construction of new hospitals in the region after 169 medical facilities have been affected by the earthquake. Health secretary Enrique Ona revealed that the latest death toll from the quake is 208 while 877 were injured.
The government aims to eliminate power outages in the province by next month. The Luzon grid will be providing 100 megawatts for Bohol to supply electricity demand. The National Housing Authority and the Department of Social Welfare and Development will also offer shelter assistance to locals.
President Aquino announced that feasibility studies for the construction of an airport in Panglao island is underway. This is seen as a move to help bring back tourism in the province.
In their latest report, the NDRRMC said that the earthquake displaced 75,140 families in Bohol.