NEDA: Rebuilding Marawi to cost P53.4B excluding ‘ground zero’
Marje Pelayo • May 22, 2018 • 4044
FILE PHOTO: Community leaders survey damaged houses and buildings inside war-torn Marawi, Philippines January 13, 2018. REUTERS/Tom Allard
MANILA, Philippines – The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) estimates that the government will have to allot P53.4 billion for the rehabilitation of the conflict-torn city.
However, the fund does not cover the amount needed for the repair of the entire ground zero or the most damaged area in the city.
NEDA said a huge chunk of the P53 billion has to be used this year. It will cover the more than 800 priority programs, projects and activities the government target to finish until 2022.
“We have something to start with, I think that’s the most important thing, we’re for almost half of the year over. Getting started is what is important,” said NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia.
In NEDA’S breakdown, P26.148 billion is needed for physical infrastructure; P5.867 billion for social services and more than P10.383 billion for housing settlements; P7.765 billion for livelihood and business development; P1.251 billion for local governance and peace-building and P2.004 billion for land resource and management.
The agency noted three fund sources for the rehabilitation of Marawi city. First is from the 2018 National Budget and second is from donations of private and non-government agencies, non-profit organizations. The fund can also be sourced from the official development assistance (ODA.)
Figures presented by NEDA showed that a huge part of the P53 billion will come from the fund of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund that reaches P24.8 billion. The other needed amount will be taken from other sectors.
NEDA said the estimated fund for the rehabilitation might still increase depending on the recommendations of stakeholders.
Despite this, NEDA is confident that the government can address concerns regarding the restoration of Marawi City to its former glory before the Maute siege.
“You know the leadership is determined to get Marawi back on its feet…”Bangon Marawi” ang tawag. There are commitments,” concluded Pernia. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
Three widows of Marawi heroes are now ready to continue the legacy of their husbands who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Marawi in 2017.
Private Grace P. Allaga, wife of late Corporal Ardnie R. Allaga, Private Merzie G. Rogador, wife of late Private First Class Eldon C. Rogador, and Private Christine Mary E. Montero, wife of late Corporal Marjone G. Montero are now considered enlisted military personnel after finishing the candidate soldier course.
They are among the 749 new soldiers who underwent and finished the four-month candidate soldier course conducted by the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division under the Philippine Army.—AAC
Senator Joel Villanueva wants to invite some members of the Cabinet to the Senate hearing on the anti-endo bill.
The lawmaker said he wants to hear the position of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) on the vetoing of the said measure.
Villanueva said he is bewildered as to why the President vetoed the bill despite the series of consultations conducted by the labor department and the Chief Executive’s economic managers.
“We can’t wait to hear the officials from the administration, especially those who influence the President to veto the measure na ilahad sa atin kung ano yung reservation nila [to relay to us their reservations],” Villanueva added.
The Senate has yet to set the date of the hearing on the controversial bill. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf
“The Government of the Philippines strongly recognizes the interdependence of population and sustainable development. Such recognition has been concretely translated into national policies and programs such as the Philippine Population Management Program established fifty years ago.”
This was part of the opening message of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary Ernesto Pernia during the 52nd Session of the Commission on Population and Development in UN Headquarters, New York City, 1-5 April 2019.
In his speech, Pernia reported that “the country has achieved significant milestones at the outcome and policy levels even in the face of challenging political and cultural factors,” with Filipinos continuing to increase at around 2 million annually, even as the growth rate has declined to 1.76%.
The country’s total fertility rate has also gone down to 2.7 children, closer to the desired fertility rate of 2.4 children on average. Adolescent fertility rate has likewise taken a downward trend.
This decline in fertility rate has been made possible by the increasing contraceptive use for modern methods from 38% in 2013 to 40% in 2017.
Pernia added that President Rodrigo Duterte’s firm policy actions on population and development are expected to pave the way for the country to meet the goals in the medium term.
Among these actions are: “(1) the issuance of Executive Order No. 12 to achieve and sustain zero unmet need for modern family planning by 2022; (2) the inclusion of the full implementation of the RPRH Law as one of the priority socioeconomic agenda; and, (3) the approval of the intensified implementation of the National Program on Population and Family Planning,” the NEDA official said.
Pernia added that “the Philippines is no longer an economic laggard in our region. Our economy has been growing 6 percent or better for fifteen straight quarters, and at an average rate of 6.5 percent during the first ten quarters of this administration. This shows that we are on a higher growth trajectory.”
As part of the country’s socioeconomic strategies under the Philippine Development Plan for 2017-2022, the NEDA Chief said, the government is pursuing policy interventions to reach for and optimize the demographic dividend, with the enactment of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law; the continuing education reforms through our K-12 program; and the provision of free tuition and fees for tertiary students of state universities and colleges, among others.
Pernia, on the other hand, admitted that while the government has considerably advanced the agenda of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in the country, there are still gaps and challenges to address.
He is confident, however, that with strong political will and resolve from the national leaders, the government “shall vigorously pursue strategic ways and means to ensure people-centered, self-sustaining development towards the realization of the ICPD agenda in the country.” – Maris Federez
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