Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson contradicted the allegations that Tacloban was not able to receive a single centavo from the government to be utilized for rehabilitation of the city after the damages incurred brought by super typhoon Yolanda.
In a multi-stakeholder conference Monday morning, Lacson revealed that Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez has been spreading lies of not receiving financial assistance from the national government for the rehabilitation .
The former senator added that the mayor is changing policies that affected the rehabilitation process.
"We keep on hearing [Romualdez] tell the media that Tacloban City has not received a single centavo… That’s a lie. We know that Tacloban City has received [among others] projects worth P6 billion," he said.
He said the local government has given a program of work for the construction of new structures or for the damaged structures in Tacloban.
The program of work include that it will be the Department of Public Works and Highways that will accomplish the projects.
But Romualdez, said that he only wanted repairs, Lacson said.
"The agreement between the [Department of Interior and Local Government] and the DPWH is that for repairs, DILG will take care of it and DILG agreed to just download the funds to the LGUs to fast track the repair of the government centers," he said.
According to Lacson, Romualdez later asked that the money received from the DILG be realigned and "he wanted to transfer the city hall and the public market I think to another site."
He said Romualdez basically changed plans "overnight."
He said the DILG allotted P230.7 million for the project cost of Tacloban 80% of which was released in one tranche.
Asked what happened to the funds already deposited in the namLacson promised that the national government will look check on how the funds were utilized.
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