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HONORABLE RAMON CAMINO OF BRGY.CARNAZA, FILED A CASE AGAINST MAYOR AUGUSTO CORRO FOR NOT GIVING THEM RELIEF 
OPERATIONS DUE TO POLITICAL REASONS. THIS WAS GIVEN LAST JANUARY 24,2014. HOWEVER...
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Daanbantayan is a 1st Class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. It includes several barangays including the island of Malapascua. Daanbantayan is derived from the words "Daan" meaning old and "Bantayan" which means a look-out station since this used to be a look-out station for Moro raiders before the Spaniards obtained control of the Town. 

NO.6 Barangay Tinubdan Relief Distribution

NO.6.HONORABLE PABLO ARCENAL JR.,one of the BRGY.CAPTAINS who filed a case against MAYOR CORRO, because, according to him, they did not receive "any" relief goods from the Municipality of Daanbantayan through Mayor Corro. More than 30 rounds of Relief goods were distributed to them and to all Barangays. This was distributed last January 20,2014

NO.3 Barangay Malingin Relief Distribution

HONORABLE BRG.CAPT.FRANCISCO ROSALEJOS. NO.3 Brgy.Capt. who filed a case against Municipal Mayor Augusto D.Corro for not giving them relief goods due to political reason. Given last JANUARY 16, 2014.

No.4 Barangay Carnaza Relief Operations

HONORABLE RAMON CAMINO OF BRGY.CARNAZA, FILED A CASE AGAINST MAYOR AUGUSTO CORRO FOR NOT GIVING THEM RELIEF OPERATIONS DUE TO POLITICAL REASONS. THIS WAS GIVEN LAST JANUARY 24,2014. HOWEVER...

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  • Praise for Daanbantayan mayor stays
  • Cement maker vows to help build houses
  • Workers, students plant 3T mangroves in Daanbantayan

Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Secretary Panfilo Lacson (4th from right), Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro (2nd from right) and Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III (5th from right) led yesterday’s burial of a time capsule during a groundbreaking ceremony for a school building in San Remigio town. With them were (right to left) San Remigio Mayor Mariano Martinez, and Erramon Aboitiz, Department of Education-7 Director Carmelita Dulangon, Jon Ramon Aboitiz, Jaime Jose Aboitiz, and Susan Valdez of the Aboitiz Group.

JOY TORREJOS CEBU, Philippines - Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Secretary Panfilo “Ping” Lacson yesterday promised to recommend to President Benigno Aquino III that the government implement the rehabilitation plans for northern Cebu and Leyte as soon as possible. He said that since local government leaders have submitted their respective rehabilitation plans, there is no reason to further delay rehabilitation efforts, especially in northern Cebu. Lacson was the guest in yesterday’s agreement signing and groundbreaking for the construction and repair of classrooms by the Aboitizes in San Remigio town. The day before, he also visited Tacloban City. He said that once all the concerned local government units in calamity-stricken areas have submitted their provincial rehabilitation plans, the national government would then create a master rehabilitation plan, which would submitted to the president for approval.

The master plan would be based on the post disaster needs assessment (PDNA) that is scheduled to be submitted on April 21.Lacson, though, said that the creation and implementation of a master rehabilitation plan may take longer due to international protocols to be adhered to and provisions of Republic Act 10121 (Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010) that must be complied with. “What I intend to do is not to wait for the PDNA but recommend to the president to proceed with the rehabilitation plans in northern Cebu and Leyte, para naman merong incentive yung mga (as incentive for) local government officials who have been proactive enough in submitting the needs and damage assessment for their rehabilitation plans,” he said. Freeman ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch:

He added that the provinces of Cebu and Leyte have already submitted their provincial rehabilitation plans complete with the program of works and estimates. He also said that PARR has already acquired an advanced copy of the raw data submitted by the two provincial government units. He acknowledged that the typhoon survivors are already getting impatient as to when the national government would start its national rehabilitation program amid the pockets of recovery in calamity-stricken areas.

It was last February when the Malacañang vowed to build permanent structures in worst-hit areas in the Visayas region. Lacson said that having identified the gaps in the national government, he initially appealed for the private sector to reach out to the typhoon survivors. When Aquino and some of his cabinet members visited northern Cebu last January, Lacson said he recommended for the president to allot funds to LGUs that are capable of rebuilding and reconstructing their municipal halls, public markets, and civic centers through the resources from the national government. Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III, who also attended the Aboitiz activity, lauded Lacson in promising to him that rehabilitation of Cebu would begin as soon as possible. Lacson hopes that implementation of the national government’s rehabilitation and reconstruction programs would already be in full-swing by June. “If you are still thinking that northern Cebu is out of our hearts and minds in the national government, please don’t,” he said in jest while addressing the local government officials in attendance.

He also said they have already reclassified certain areas as either unsafe/high-risk zones or safe zones instead of strictly implementing the no-build zones, especially along coastlines, since it could affect the tourism industry of the country in general, and northern Cebu in particular. He said that this would prompt resort establishments to prepare evacuation centers when disaster strikes. Davide agreed with Lacson, saying that although the Capitol owns a few lots, it is still looking for possible relocation sites, especially for those living in coastal areas. —/RHM (FREEMAN)

CEBU, Philippines - To prepare for the next school year this June, the Department of Education has sought the help of private organizations in repairing and rebuilding classrooms in typhoon-hit areas of northern Cebu. Yesterday, DepEd, represented no less than Secretary Armin Luistro, signed a memorandum of agreement with the Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (AFI), the corporate social development arm of the Aboitiz Group, together with the municipality of San Remigio and the city of Bogo yesterday morning.

Through its Aboitiz North Cebu Post Yolanda School Rehabilitation Project, AFI aims to repair 130 classrooms and construct 70 new classrooms that would benefit 13,000 elementary and high school students in worst-hit areas in northern Cebu such as Bogo, San Remigio and Medellin town. Aside from signing an agreement, the Aboitiz Group also officially broke ground its first three-storey school building in Argawanon Integrated School in San Remigio.  Luistro said there are 3,000 classrooms that need to be replaced while another 13, 000 have to be repaired in Regions 4, 6, 7 and 8 after super typhoon Yolanda struck last Nov. 8.

He said that the national government approved a P14-billion budget to DepEd for 2014 to replace old classrooms nationwide, but this was before Yolanda devastated several provinces in the Visayas.  Luistro said DepEd realigned funds but they were not enough to attend to the damaged and destroyed school buildings, which was why private sector assistance like that provided by AFI proved invaluable.

He said it is good to note that replacing the 3,000 classrooms are to be undertaken by the private sector.  Repair of the 13,000 rooms, on the other hand, would be done using the funds allocated for DepEd.  The DepEd secretary said construction of one-storey classrooms is to be completed by May 31,  in time for the opening of classes on June 2, while multi-storey school buildings, which take longer to construct, would have to be done as soon as possible.  He admitted there may be a slight delay in repairing and rebuilding the northern Cebu classrooms since the government has come up with new building standards for resiliency.

"The school building has be resilient for up to an intensity 9 earthquake and can withstand up to 250 wind velocity for its roofing," Luistro said.

 He said repairing a classroom could cost up to P400,000.

AFI chairman Erramon Aboitiz, on the other hand, said that school rehabilitation would be budgeted P140 million they would source from the P225 million cash donations raised through their #BangonVisayas campaign, which was supported by close to 5,000 Aboitiz members and volunteers.

Days after Yolanda struck, the Aboitiz Group also mobilized massive relief operations, and conducted re-electrification projects in calamity-hit areas through its Aboitiz Power distribution utilities. Metaphil, the construction unit of the Aboitiz Group, was chosen as lead contractor of the school rehabilitation project to ensure that the classrooms are completed on time, done within the budget,  and that they all meet the required quality and standard specifications.

Aboitiz said that they are coordinating with the local government units to in hiring workers from among the Yolanda survivors in building and repairing the classrooms to provide them an additional income source.  Two weeks ago, the Aboitiz family foundation Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) also inked a memorandum of agreement for a post-Yolanda school rehabilitation program and day care center construction and rehabilitation with a budget of P247 million.

In particular, the project includes the repair of 50 classrooms and 12 day care centers and the construction of 134 new classrooms and eight day care centers in Daanbantayan and the municipalities of Bantayan, Madridejos, and Santa Fe in Bantayan island.  Aboitiz Equity Ventures chairman and RAFI Board of Trustees member Jon Ramon Aboitiz said the total relief and rehabilitation efforts of both AFI and RAFI reached up to P683 million.

Overall, the Aboitiz Group plans to build and repair a total of 384 classrooms to benefit 21,800 students in 79 schools in northern Cebu, with a total combined rehabilitation funds amounting to P387 million.

 

Aboitiz aimed to complete all construction and rehabilitation of classrooms and day care centers by the last quarter of this year. (FREEMAN)

 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

 

FOR the sake of transparency, Daanbantayan Mayor Augusto Corro submitted to Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III a comprehensive report of the town’s rehabilitation efforts barely five months after typhoon Yolanda struck.

Earlier, Provincial Board Member Sun Shimura asked his colleagues in the Provincial Board to withdraw the resolution commending Corro for his efforts in the town’s rehabilitation after a complaint was filed by the 10 barangay captains in the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas.

Last month, ten out of 20 barangay captains in Daanbantayan filed a criminal and administrative complaint against Corro for allegedly refusing to give them relief assistance because they were allies of the previous administration.

The former Daanbantayan mayor was Maria Luisa Loot, mother of Shimura.

Yesterday, Corro, together with Vice Mayor Gilbert Arabis, Jr. and other town officials, met Davide at the governor’s office.

In a press conference, Corro denied all the allegations that he did not fairly distribute the relief goods to the barangays.

Presentation

The mayor showed a Powerpoint presentation on itemized distribution of relief goods, carpentry tools, hygiene kits and tarpaulins to the 20 barangays.

Based on the presentation, the ten barangays of the village leaders who filed cases received assistance, namely Pajo, Malingin, Tinubdan, Calape, Tominjao, Maya, Agujo, Logon, Carnaza and Lanao.

The town distributed 194,123 food packs and 13,370 sets of galvanized-iron sheets.

His presentation showed all barangays were given food packs and other assistance.

There are a total of 21,500 households from the 20 barangays affected by the super
typhoon.

The municipality identified its relocation site in Barangay Agujo for the residents who are living within the no-build zone.

Not worried

Corro showed no worries of the complaints filed against him and said that he has a complete data and all assistance was documented.

“I’m really sad because, at the end of the day, dili ako ang maalot…I hope mabutang sa ilang alimpatakan ang katawhan ang alaot (I am not the one who is pitiful. I hope that it will cross in their minds that it is the people who will be sorry)”, Corro said.

For his part, Arabis said there was some relief assistance that was directly given to the barangays because the donors just proceeded to the area.

In a separate interview, Davide said he believed Corro was fair in the distribution.

“Iya kung gipakita unsay gibuhat (He showed me the documents) and to controvert the accusations of the barangay captains who sued him, as well as board member Sun Shimura. And I believe him. I told him the Provincial Government is solidly behind him and his town’s efforts to rehabilitate Daanbantayan,” Davide said. SUNSTAR CEBU


Transport group, Habitat for Humanity team up to build school buildings

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Transportation manufacturer Bombardier partnered with Habitat for Humanity in building school buildings in three areas in northern Cebu hit by supertyphoon Yolanda.

One school building with two classrooms will each be built in Tapilon Elementary School in Daanbantayan, Kawit Elementary School in Medellin and San Remigio National High School.

An agreement was signed this morning at the Marco Polo Hotel. David Douzenel, Bombardier’s head of Finance Shared Services Organization, said they raised US$ 125,000 from employee and company donations in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan).

“Half of the amount which is US$62,000 were donated by Bombardiers employees from all over the world. The management then matched the amount raising it to US$ 125,000,” Douzenel said.

Habitat for Humanity will facilitate the construction of the school buildings which is targeted for completion before the opening of classes in June.

Habitat for Humanity-Cebu Chief Operations Officer Leonilo Escalada said the groundbreaking is expected within the next two weeks. He said the buildings will be more resilient to typhoons.

“With our new design, the buildings have increased reinforcement bars and roofing structures and support. The rest will more or less be the same,” Escalada said.

For their part, the principals of the three schools were grateful for the project. “This contribution will enrich and rebuild local communities and is welcomed and appreciated by the pupils and their families,” Kawit Elementary School principal Evelyn Pantaleon said.

Three of their school buildings housing 12 classrooms each collapsed in the wake of Yolanda’s wrath.

In Tapilon Elementary School, located five kilometers away from Daanbantayan town proper, all 17 classrooms were damaged, school principal Rosario Dublin said.

In San Remigio National High School, five classrooms and their school covered court collapsed.

- See more at: http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/2014/04/10/transport-group-habitat-for-humanity-team-up-to-build-school-buildings/#sthash.8jtTHgJE.dpuf
Transportation manufacturer Bombardier partnered with Habitat for Humanity in building school buildings in three areas in northern Cebu hit by supertyphoon Yolanda. - See more at: http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/2014/04/10/transport-group-habitat-for-humanity-team-up-to-build-school-buildings/#sthash.8jtTHgJE.dpuf
Transportation manufacturer Bombardier partnered with Habitat for Humanity in building school buildings in three areas in northern Cebu hit by supertyphoon Yolanda. - See more at: http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/2014/04/10/transport-group-habitat-for-humanity-team-up-to-build-school-buildings/#sthash.8jtTHgJE.dpuf

Transportation manufacturer Bombardier partnered with Habitat for Humanity in building school buildings in three areas in northern Cebu hit by supertyphoon Yolanda.

One school building with two classrooms will each be built in Tapilon Elementary School in Daanbantayan, Kawit Elementary School in Medellin and San Remigio National High School.

An agreement was signed this morning at the Marco Polo Hotel. David Douzenel, Bombardier’s head of Finance Shared Services Organization, said they raised US$ 125,000 from employee and company donations in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan).

- See more at: http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/2014/04/10/transport-group-habitat-for-humanity-team-up-to-build-school-buildings/#sthash.8jtTHgJE.dpuf

Transportation manufacturer Bombardier partnered with Habitat for Humanity in building school buildings in three areas in northern Cebu hit by supertyphoon Yolanda.

One school building with two classrooms will each be built in Tapilon Elementary School in Daanbantayan, Kawit Elementary School in Medellin and San Remigio National High School.

An agreement was signed this morning at the Marco Polo Hotel. David Douzenel, Bombardier’s head of Finance Shared Services Organization, said they raised US$ 125,000 from employee and company donations in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan).

- See more at: http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/2014/04/10/transport-group-habitat-for-humanity-team-up-to-build-school-buildings/#sthash.8jtTHgJE.dpuf

Transportation manufacturer Bombardier partnered with Habitat for Humanity in building school buildings in three areas in northern Cebu hit by supertyphoon Yolanda.

One school building with two classrooms will each be built in Tapilon Elementary School in Daanbantayan, Kawit Elementary School in Medellin and San Remigio National High School.

An agreement was signed this morning at the Marco Polo Hotel. David Douzenel, Bombardier’s head of Finance Shared Services Organization, said they raised US$ 125,000 from employee and company donations in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan).

- See more at: http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/2014/04/10/transport-group-habitat-for-humanity-team-up-to-build-school-buildings/#sthash.8jtTHgJE.dpuf

Transportation manufacturer Bombardier partnered with Habitat for Humanity in building school buildings in three areas in northern Cebu hit by supertyphoon Yolanda.

One school building with two classrooms will each be built in Tapilon Elementary School in Daanbantayan, Kawit Elementary School in Medellin and San Remigio National High School.

An agreement was signed this morning at the Marco Polo Hotel. David Douzenel, Bombardier’s head of Finance Shared Services Organization, said they raised US$ 125,000 from employee and company donations in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan).

- See more at: http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/2014/04/10/transport-group-habitat-for-humanity-team-up-to-build-school-buildings/#sthash.8jtTHgJE.dpuf

Transportation manufacturer Bombardier partnered with Habitat for Humanity in building school buildings in three areas in northern Cebu hit by supertyphoon Yolanda.

One school building with two classrooms will each be built in Tapilon Elementary School in Daanbantayan, Kawit Elementary School in Medellin and San Remigio National High School.

An agreement was signed this morning at the Marco Polo Hotel. David Douzenel, Bombardier’s head of Finance Shared Services Organization, said they raised US$ 125,000 from employee and company donations in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan).

- See more at: http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/2014/04/10/transport-group-habitat-for-humanity-team-up-to-build-school-buildings/#sthash.8jtTHgJE.dpuf

Monday, April 7, 2014

 

PROVINCIAL Board (PB) Member Sun Shimura yesterday asked his colleagues to withdraw their praises for Daanbantayan Mayor Augusto Corro pending the decision of the ombudsman on the complaint filed by 10 barangay captains against him.

Allegations

“Hangyo tawon ko paminawon ang dangoyngoy sa atong mga kaigsoonan nga hilabihan nga naalaot sa niaging katalagman (I appeal to you to heed the cries of our brothers and sisters, especially those who were affected by super typhoon Yolanda),” Shimura said in his privilege speech.

He was referring to the barangay captains of Malapascua, Pajo, Malingin, Tinubdan, Calape, Tominjao, Maya, Lanao, Carnaza and Bitoon, who accused Corro of playing favoritism in the distribution of relief goods in Yolanda’s aftermath.

According to their com-plaint, those barangays allied with the mayor were given priority, while those identified with the previous administration did not receive anything.

Commendation

The PB commended Corro last Dec. 9 for his “excellent handling of the distribution of relief goods,” while he is facing criminal and administrative complaints before the anti-graft office over the same issue.

Shimura did not get his way, though.

PB Member Jude Thadeus Sybico said they can no longer withdraw a resolution that has been approved.

Association of Barangay Councils president Celestino Martinez III, an ex-officio PB member, told the board that complaints like not getting relief assistance were common.

“Mao ni siya ang problema, kuwang man gyud ang goods. Di kasugakod pag-atiman sa tanan (The problem was there weren’t enough relief goods to go around),” he said.

Outnumbered

However, Shimura said the problem was not the shortage of relief goods, but partisanship.

Corro; Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, PB presiding officer; and the majority of the board belong to the Liberal Party (LP), while Shimura, the former mayor of Daanbantayan, and the 10 barangay captains belong to the One Cebu Party.

Magpale said when they learned about the allegations against Corro, the PB conducted its own investigation and asked members of several nongovernment organizations involved in the distribution of relief assistance if there was any truth to them.

She said they didn’t receive any complaints. In fact, some even commended the mayor.

So they passed the resolution, she said.

 CEMENT manufacturer Cemex Philippines pledged P25 million in assistance to Yolanda survivors in four northern Cebu local government units.

The assistance includes the construction of houses and classrooms, and livelihood.

Under the Build Unity project of Cemex Philippines Foundation and its partner nongovernment organizations (NGOs), 44 families in Bogo City and another 44 in Daanbantayan town will have new houses by August.

Cemex will also build classrooms in Kawit National High School in Medellin town and provide training on masonry and vocational courses to typhoon survivors in San Remigio.

Using the money donated by Cemex employees from 50 countries, Cemex Philippines president Pedro Palomino said they will help affected residents rebuild their lives.

Commitment

“We feel we can touch the lives of people who really need help, not only covering basic things but be able to provide them with support even in the future,” Palomino said. “Cemex has a commitment with the Province: we are here and we are here for long, and we want to return to the communities all the good things they are giving us.”

Palomino led the launching of the Build Unity project at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel yesterday, along with their partners—the Cebu Provincial Government, the City of Bogo and the Municipality of Daanbantayan, the Department of Education, and its NGO partners Gawad Kalinga and 3V1G (3 Villages 1 Goal)—in the Build Unity Project.

Bogo City Mayor Celestino “Junie” Martinez Jr. and Daanbantayan Mayor Augusto Corro, however, said repair damaged government infrastructure still await funding.

They said the repair of roads, bridges, hospitals and health centers will have to wait until the National Government releases the funds for the rehabilitation of areas hit by Yolanda last Nov. 8.

“(We have started moving on) houses and livelihood, but we have not touched yet the damaged government properties. That is what we need national funding for. We have suspended those needs and we have concentrated on the needs of the families and survivors,” Martinez said in a press conference after the launch.

But local government units also need assistance to prepare communities for future calamities.

In Bogo alone, 4,000 families living in no-build zones need to be relocated. There are private sector pledges to build houses for only 2,000 families.

In Daanbantayan, some 3,000 families need to be relocated, but there are only pledges for 400 houses.

Budget

Martinez and Corro said they do not mind the reduction of the proposed rehabilitation funds for Cebu from P26.8 billion to P10 billion.

“Immediately after Yolanda, some business owners and private donors already took care of some of the needs of the people that is why if before we needed P100 million, the amount can be reduced now,” Corro said.

Aside from housing and livelihood, Cemex will also donate a boat ambulance to the island barangays of Carnaza, Batbatan, Malapascua and Gibitngil in Daanbantayan town.

In the area of environmental conservation, the company will provide underwater sculptures to San Remigio town. The sculptures will serve as temporary marine habitat.

Chito Maniago, corporate communications and public affairs director of Cemex, said they chose the beneficiaries after a series of consultations with their partner NGOs, affected residents and their own assessment of the affected communities.

They hope to help other towns when additional donations from their partners and other private foundation come.

CEBU, Philippines - At least 30 employees of APO Cement Corp., a subsidiary of Cemex with its plant in Tinaan, City of Naga, Cebu and 100 students from St. Martin de Porres Academy of Daanbantayan town planted 3,000 mangroves on the shores of Daanbantayan, northern Cebu recently. 

 “The government has been encouraging the protection of mangrove areas not only for protection against storm surges and waves but also because they prevent erosion of coastlines, act as nurseries for marine life and even serve as carbon sinks against global warming,” APO Cement Corp. environmental officer Jenevy Patalingjug said. 

The mangrove planting activity was facilitated by the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office of Daanbantayan, Cebu under the leadership of Arturo Sagrado. 

This project was reported to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources -Environmental Management Bureau 7. It is being monitored under the National Greening Program  of APO Cement Corp. 

“This also promotes active involvement of the Cemex employees to the community and to the environment under the banner of HERO (Help. Engage. Reach Out.) of the company,” Cemex community relations officer Marlito Cabigas said.

Mangroves are trees and bushes that grow in marine coastal areas like marshlands that stand out of the water during high tide.  (FREEMAN)

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