Gov. Roel Degamo is hopeful the national government will reconsider the release of about P480 million pesos intended for Negros Oriental which was pledged earlier following the onslaught of Tropical Depression Sendong in the province.
To recall, a total of P981 million in funds was pledged to Negros Oriental for the repair, rehabilitation and construction of certain projects after Sendong left a trail of devastation in its path in late 2011.
The national government had released last year the first tranche amounting to P480.5 million to Negros Oriental for dredging and rechanneling of rivers that are prone to flooding, as well as for the repair, rehabilitation and construction of river control projects, said Capitol Information officer Adrian Sedillo.
However, the other half of the funding allocation was withdrawn, with a notice of disallowance for the said amount sent to the provincial government, citing technical flaws in the processes of release.
The Dept. of Budget and Management had withdrawn the special release order of the remainder of the funding allocation.
Degamo expressed hope that the national government will reconsider the release of the balance as the programs and projects calendared for the total funding will be affected.
The governor disclosed he will be meeting with Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas soon and will discuss the matter with him.
He stressed the urgent need for the projects under the program of work submitted to the national government to be completed to avoid more deaths during future flooding.
Sendong had wreaked havoc in many parts of Negros Oriental when it dumped heavy rains that caused massive flooding in many areas, took a number of lives and destroyed millions of pesos in property.
According to the governor, the release of the first half of the funding have been used for dredging and re-channeling of flood-prone rivers as well as for the construction of dikes and similar flood control projects.
There is still a ray of hope that the province will receive the other half of the funding allocation, he said. (PNA/JSF)