BAGUIO CITY (PIA) - - The Cordillera Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (RRP) for the Magnitude 7.0 Northwestern Luzon earthquake is approved by the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) for presentation and submission to the National DRRM Council.
The RRP includes medium term outcomes that aim to improve the social and economic conditions in earthquake – affected areas and a long term goal of ensuring a stronger, safer, adaptive and resilient Cordillera.
Highlighting the Cordillera RRP is the proposed investment requirement of P6,485,210,000 for the recovery of the affected communities and population mostly in the province of Abra, wherein 61.09 percent or around P3.96 billion rehabilitation and recovery investment will go.
Based on the Post Disaster Needs Analysis(PDNA) conducted by the CRDRRMC, Abra is severely affected (76.46 percent) by the July 27 magnitude earthquake with damages and losses estimated at around P2.67 billion.
On the RRP investment requirement, it is proposed for the National DRRM Council to fund around P3.96 billion or 61.09 percent of the funding requirements while the rest will come from the regular and quick response funds of national line agencies and local government units, and other funding sources.
Across sectors, the rehabilitation and recovery program funds will mostly go to housing, social services and infrastructures, which will require around P2.23B, P1.69B and P1.63B, respectively.
CRDRRMC Chairperson and Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Albert Mogol and National Economic and Development Authority– CAR Director Susan Sumbelling, in the Sept. 27 full council meeting, expressed gratitude to the council members who were part of the PDNA teams, as well as to those who helped in the formulation of the Cordillera RRP, which will pave the way for the region’s recovery from the damages of the devastating earthquake and to build back a better and more resilient Cordillera communities.
The M7.0 Northwester Luzon earthquake has affected 114,389 families with 410,416 individuals and resulted to 781 totally damaged houses and 27,626 partially damaged houses in Cordillera, with some communities/families recommended for relocation. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)