MANILA (UPDATE) – Bohol Governor Arthur Yap on Wednesday urged the national government to provide an emergency line of credit to provinces affected by Typhoon Odette so they can begin construction efforts.
The typhoon killed 99 people, less than 20 are missing and 100 were injured, he said.
“It’s (Super Typhoon) Yolanda again it’s the first responders who are casualties again so who do you call? I must have spent 2 whole days sending people to personally locate every mayor of Bohol . Bohol has the highest number of LGUs (local government units) and barangays, âhe told ANC Headstart, referring to the deadly 2013 super storm that hit the central Philippines.
“All our roads were blocked because trees fell, concrete poles fell … The waters rose after the departure of the wind and the typhoon, the rains started to fall from the mountains. I live in Loboc , my two-story house was flooded. Anyway. the clothes I have in my car are the only ones I have right now. “
The province has spent the last 30 million pesos of its budget, the governor said. He called on the finance ministry to open an emergency credit line for local governments since the Mandanas decision would be implemented next year.
The 2018 Supreme Court ruling increases the internal revenue allocation (IRA) of local governments by 55% in the 2022 budget.
“Kung alam naming how many LGUs are we going to get, since the DOF controls DBP and Landbank, hindi ba pwede reporting DBP and Landbank na releasing an emergency line of credit so we can start construction efforts?” ” he said.
(If we knew how much we’re going to get, since the DOF controls DBP and Landbank, can’t they signal the latter to release an emergency line of credit so we can start construction?)
“I can see the fear eh, everyone is so scared to move kasi baka ma-COA, mademanda, makasuhan (because they might face charges before the Audit Commission).”
The governor called on the welfare department to constantly send aid, as looting was reported in the north of the province.
“If we can’t really provide this help at this point, more untoward incidents could follow,” he said.
He also urged oil companies to send storage barges.
“I would like to ask the 3 big triplehin niyo ang stockpile dito, triplehin niyo na sa lahat ng probinsiyang tinamaan kung gusto niyo ng Christmas dito … So our water filling stations can now start working again, mamigay kayo ng generator, ” he said.
(I would like to ask the Big 3 to triple their stock here, in all the provinces affected by Odette, if you want us to spend Christmas. Give us generators so that our water filling stations can now start working again.)
TOURISM COULD REBOUND SOON
Yap said that in Panglao Municipality, a town in the south of the island of the same name known to be a dive site, the damage was “bearable”.
“Ok naman. Of course the roofs are damaged. I’m sure everyone has repairs to do, but I don’t think the private sector isn’t ready in a week or two,” he said. declared.
âWe are more concerned about families, people’s lives and the microfinance opportunities for them. These are really the people we need to help at this pointâ¦ The hotels will survive,â he added.
These hotels remain open to visitors, he said.
The ports in and out of Bohol “never closed” except Tubigon, which had to close for a day to allow repairs, he said.
“Of course, there are repairs that need to be done … But generally, kung Tourism ang pag-uusapan, mabigyan lang natin ng transitional Housing, ng pagkain at tubig ‘yung mga tao dito, and trust me, give us a little help to clear our roads and tourist areas, we are ready to receive customers in a month, “he said.
(But in general, if we’re talking about tourism, once we’ve given transitional housing, food, and water to the people here, and trust me, give us a little help with clear our roads and tourist areas, we are ready to receive customers in a month.)