Students and parents mingle on the school grounds of the Anibong Central Elementary School in Tacloban, Leyte, which is still littered with debris and construction materials. Some schools in the typhoon-ravaged areas were not prepared to open June 2 because of delays in the repair and construction of facilities. Photo by Fernando G. Sepe, Jr. for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA – President Benigno Aquino III has approved the release of P1.9 billion for the rehabilitation and recovery programs for the victims of the super-typhoon Yolanda and Bohol earthquake.
According to House Deputy Minority Leader Arnel Ty, the president has authorized the Department of Budget and Management to disburse P1 billion for the Department of Education (DepEd) and P912 million for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Ty said the budget for DepEd will be spent for the repair and rehabilitation of 2,800 classrooms in 771 public schools damaged by Yolanda in the eastern and western Visayas.
On the other hand, DSWD’s will be used to provide shelter assistance to 42, 771 families in Bohol.
The total amount shall be chargeable against the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program Fund under the 2014 General Appropriations Act.
Yolanda hit Visayas on November 8, 2013, killing 6,300 people in the Philippines and damaged or destroyed 1.1 million homes.
Meanwhile, Bohol was struck with a 7.2 magnitude quake on October 15, killing 230 people and wrecked 73,000 structures.