By MAE ANGELICA R. COMOTA
October 25, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) completes the construction of various projects under its convergence program with the Department of Agriculture (DA).
These four projects have a combined allocation of P9.27 million sourced from the Yolanda Recovery and Rehabilitation Program (YRRP) Fund of 2017, broken down as follows: 1) Establishment of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Office, Gandara costing P2.5 million; 2) Rehabilitation of Staff House, San Jorge costing P2.58 million; 3) Rehabilitation of Guest House, San Jorge costing P2.5 million; and 4) Rehabilitation/ Re-establishment of Plant Nursery Shed Storage, San Jorge costing P1.18 million.
The flagship project among the four is the establishment of the climate change and DRRM office in Gandara.
As a country that is always hampered by typhoons, every station under the Department of Agriculture has a climate change and DRRM office. Its purpose is to monitor data relevant to the DA’s disaster preparedness activities.
“Here in Samar, we have identified Gandara as a disaster-vulnerable area. The office will help us determine the volume of buffer seeds and livestock needed by the farmers of the affected community to avoid food shortages during calamities.” said Mr. Rolando Hepe, an officer of the DA and focal person of the Yolanda Recovery and Rehabilitation Program.