A contractor of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) donated its two (2) completed bunkhouses with toilet and facilities in Barangay Tacuranga, Palo, Leyte. 

Construction firm R.D. Interior Junior Construction who volunteered to work on the emergency construction of temporary shelters for “Yolanda” victims’ decided not to accept any payment for the completed project and instead took it as a social responsibility of the Tuguegarao City-based builder. 

Mr. Ricardo D. Interior, Jr. said that it is a moral obligation to help the calamity victims in Eastern Visayas and as such, they heeded to the call of DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson to help the national government in the rehabilitation efforts particularly for the benefit of those rendered homeless. 

The donated shelter project has a value of P1.59 Million. 

Although none of the contractors of bunkhouses have been paid by the government pending final acceptance, DPWH Region 2 OIC-Director Melvin B. Navarro has already requested the cancellation of the corresponding Sub Allotment Release Order No. SR2013-12-010791 intended for the payment of contracted two (2) units of temporary shelters following the receipt of waiver for payment from the owner/general manager of R.D. Interior Junior Construction. 

In heeding the call of DPWH Secretary for volunteerism, contractors were able to remove overhead and profit margins of about 13 percent that further reduced construction cost. 

Secretary Singson maintained that bunkhouses as temporary shelters were intended to be good for not more than two (2) years while permanent shelters are being constructed but he is hoping that people will not stay longer than this period and the government will be able to complete the permanent shelters for families left homeless and those relocated from “No Build Zones” of 40 meters easement from the shoreline. 

“Any identified sites for relocation should now be used for permanent shelter project of the government with the DPWH ready to do the site development and National Housing Authority (NHA) and private companies to undertake planning and actual construction of the permanent houses”, added Singson.

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Cagayan hospitals, health stations improve referral system

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Jan. 8, (PIA) - -  The efforts of the national government to upgrade and rehabilitate hospitals and health stations in region 2 has allowed implementation of referral system which will contribute the thrust of decongesting Cagayan Valley Medical Center (CVMC) and other tertiary hospitals in the region.

Dr. Eduardo M. Badua, chief-medical professional of CVMC, said the Hospital Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP) of the national government is slowly encouraging public to bring their patients in the improved district hospitals and health stations.

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Calayan rehabs typhoon “Vinta’s” damages

CALAYAN ISLAND, Cagayan, Jan. 6, (PIA) - - Officials here are now prioritizing rehabilitation of bridges which were destroyed during typhoon ‘Vinta’ that hit the province in November last year.

Vice Mayor Florencio De Guzman said transportation to and from barangays is still a major concern to the people of Calayan as one major bridge and some other barangay connecting bridges were severely damaged during the typhoon.

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CVMC to establish cancer center for region 2

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Jan 7, (PIA) - - Cagayan Valley Medical Center (CVMC) is set to establish ‘cancer center’ within the hospital to cater increasing number of patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Dr. Eduardo M. Badua III, chief-medical professional, said one of the major cases referred to CVMC is cancer of different forms that is why the hospital needs to have a separate unit which will serve as end referral of cancer patients in region 2 as well as from other nearby provinces.

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Korean media to promote Batanes tourism

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Jan. 3, (PIA) - - After the sales mission in Cagayan Valley mainland last December, South Korean media are set to visit the island province of Batanes for a familiarization tour.

Tourism Regional Director Blessida G. Diwa said the Korean bloggers and business promoters were amazed of the natural tourist potentials of the region, the well-preserved culture and tradition, as well as the Cagayanos hospitality.

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