Bohol to commemorate deadly 2013 earthquake

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Bohol to commemorate deadly 2013 earthquake

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The provincial government has prepared commemoration activities for the anniversary of the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol in October 2013.

The earthquake anniversary on Saturday will showcase the resilience of Boholanos in times of calamities and challenges.

Gov. Edgar Chatto will present proofs that Boholanos have indeed dramatically risen from the ruins.

It has been a tedious process though in complying government guidelines, especially in drafting program of works for each government building to replace the damaged ones and those in declared no-building zones, and the rehabilitation of those partially damaged.

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The program of works for the government edifices to be replaced or rehabilitated went through meticulous revisions of over a thousand projects in 43 LGUs.

The national government had provided P2.3-billion for the Bohol Earthquake Assistance (BEA) fund, of which the DILG is the lead national implementing agency.

The fund goes to reconstruction and repair works.

The massive repair of the new City Hall of Tagbilaran is one of the newly-completed project under the BEA Fund.

Aside from the national assistance, City Mayor John Geesnell Yap has been thankful to the generosity and solidarity of Boholanos who still managed to help, even if they themselves were in most need, the victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda in Leyte that came less than a month after the earthquake.

Bohol has been lauded for the fast recovery from the devastating event as the Bohol Earthquake Rehabilitation Plan (BERP) was completed two months after the earthquake as the gathering of data on the damage started immediately simultaneous with the relief operations.

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The plan was submitted through  the Office of the President, National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and departments concerned upon indorsement by the Provincial Development Council and the Regional Development Council.

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The P2.3-billion BEA fund was allocated based on the BERP.

The BERP went through validation where the DILG sent teams to inspect the sites where damage occurred as a result of the earthquake.

The BEA fund was approved in June 2014 and was downloaded the following month yet as the DILG still had to come up with the guidelines and a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the province was still to be signed.

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The MOA between the DILG, provincial government and LGUs was finalized by September of that year or three weeks to the first year anniversary of the earthquake.

 

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