City Gov’t focuses on 6 development areas re Transfer of families to Tacloban North
TACLOBAN CITY– The City of Tacloban under Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez is focusing on six development areas in its efforts to transfer families living in danger zones to the Tacloban Resettlement sites.
During a recent public hearing of the Senate Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement chaired by Senator JV Ejercito, Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez presented a report which outlined City-led initiatives in the transfer of families focusing on the areas of Housing & Transfer, Water and Power Supply, Health and Social Services, Livelihood, Education and Delivery of City Frontline Services.
In said hearing, Mayor Romualdez reported that some 6,580 families have already been transferred to resettlement sites with the help of other government agencies
Meanwhile, City Government-led initiatives in resettlement sites include daily water rationing — Daily delivery of 120 Tons of water to Tacloban North resettlement sites by seven (7) Water Tankers from 2014 to 2017.
A DILG Bottom Up Budgeting project will soon provide a Level 3 Type Water Systems in two resettlement sites, as funds from the Interior Department have already been downloaded to the City and the bidding process for the project has started.
The Local Government Unit (LGU) likewise installed 190 street lights in resettlement sites and assisted 5,310 household applications for electrical connection.
Livelihood assistance in the form of livestock dispersal and production, Capital Start-up Assistance, skills training, among others were availed of by 1,891 households since 2014 to 2016.
Concerning health, the report disclosed that a number of Health Centers and Birthing Facilities are serving the relocatees, namely Suhi District Health Center, Ridgeview Health Station GMA Kapuso Health Station and Barangay Health Stations in Brgy. Sto. Nino, Tagpuro, and Cabalawan. Regular primary care services (immunization, pre – natal check-ups etc) are available in the health facilities.
Mobile Medical Outreach Programs of the Caring, Giving and Reaching (CGR) Out Barangayan Program and environment and health sanitation drives are also regularly conducted in resettlement sites.
Some 491 household beneficiaries have also benefitted from other livelihood projects initiated by the LGU with the help of Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Social Welfare and Development and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and other Government Agencies. -HENRY JAMES G. ROCA/CIO