Aquino readies P3.9 billion funds to speed up rehabilitation efforts for affected communities in Zamboanga City

THE Aquino government is readying the P3.9 billion funds to speed up rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts for the communities affected by the attacks of forces loyal to Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari in Zamboanga City, a Palace official said on Friday.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said during the regular
press briefing in Malacanang on Friday that the government will be
releasing additional funds for the affected communities in Zamboanga City.

“Siguro po’y napansin ninyo kahapon ‘yung sinabi ng Pangulo (Benigno S.
Aquino III) na meron pong tinatayang 3.9 billion pesos na kakailanganin
para makatulong tayo sa ating mga kababayan sa Zamboanga City,” Valte said.

Valte said government officials were already mobilized to assist the
residents who were displaced following the MNLF-Misuari faction attacks.

“Una po, kasama diyan iyong continuing relief assistance for short-term
para doon sa 23,794 families na apektado doon sa Zamboanga City. Ano iyong
computation dito ‘nung continuing relief assistance? Ito po iyong 250 pesos
per pack per family for 30 days or one month,” Valte said.

“Susunod po diyan iyong balik-probinsiya program. Tina-target po natin dito
iyong 2,125 families or 10 percent ng total number of displaced families in
evacuation centers at para po ito doon sa transportation and other
incidental assistance,” Valte said.

Valte said the government is allocating a total of P10.63 million for the
displaced families qualified for the Balik-Probinsya program. “Lalabas po
ng 5,000 pesos each for the families amounting to 10.63 million pesos,” she

Valte said the government will be allocating educational assistance funds
for the students who are residing in the affected barangays.

“Isa pang programang tinitingnan natin para po doon sa ating mga kababayan
doon ay iyong supplementary feeding program…iyong cash-for-work or
cash-for-training, for all affected families at the rate of 75 percent of
the daily minimum wage in Region 9 for 30 days, kasama din po diyan. Iyong
construction ng bunkhouses for all families with totally burned down or
damaged houses,” she said.

President Aquino remains in Zamboanga City until the crisis ends. He is
presently in Zamboanga City to preside over a series of meetings with
concerned cabinet secretaries and officials, to assess the situation and
provide the needs of displaced residents. PND

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