SECRETARY of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas will visit the province of Leyte on May 15 to assess the ongoing rehabilitation efforts in several areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) that hit the country in November 2013.

Roxas will also meet with barangay and community leaders as the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) prepares to release financial assistance for the rehabilitation projects at the barangay level under the second phase of the P2-billion Recovery Assistance on Yolanda (RAY-II) fund.

During his visit, Roxas will inspect towns and cities with projects already completed under the first phase of RAY, which focused on the repair and/or construction of crucial town infrastructure such as city/municipal halls, public markets, and civic centers, amounting to another P2 billion.

These include the municipalities of Dulag, Mayorga, and the city of Baybay in Leyte, which is among the 17 provinces in five regions severely affected by Yolanda.

In line with the government’s thrust to “Build Back Better,” President Benigno Aquino III tasked Roxas to lead the government’s post-Yolanda rehabilitation efforts, particularly in the repair of damaged local government facilities necessary to delivery crucial goods and services.

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