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P130M for Guimaras environmental rehab okayed

November 23, 2006

A FUNDING of P130 million for the rehabilitation of the environment in Guimaras has been approved.

DENR regional executive director Julian Amador said Secretary Angelo T. Reyes had instructed their regional office to immediately send a work and financial plan to the Department of Budget and Management for the said amount so that cash allocations can be made immediately.

The fund will be for the different rehabilitation activities that will restore the environment of Guimaras and affected municipalities in Iloilo in its natural state or may be even better than before.

The fund was promised by President Gloria Arroyo to the Task Force SOS when she visited Guimaras right after the oil spill incident. She had been a witness to the havoc wrought by the black mongrel that had turned the green mangroves and sea grasses into oil dripping statues.

During her visit, Arroyo had declared that the Office of the President would provide funding for the rehabilitation of the environment.

Initially, the task force recommended a P230-million funding. However, upon computing the needed amount, they found out that P130 million is more than enough to defray all expenses that will include activities on information, education and communication.

The rehabilitation of the area covers air and water quality monitoring in various sampling sites. (Rhodora A. Capulso, The Guardian Iloilo, Nov. 23, 2006)

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