Capitol will recall excess building materials

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The destruction left by Typhoon Odette in the town of Dumanjug, southwest of Cebu. | CDN Digital Photo / Morexette Marie Erram

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Recipients of Dasig Sugbo cards only have until Thursday, March 31 to source construction materials from partner merchants.

This after Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia confirmed that the Capitol will already begin the recall of all excess reconstruction materials such as galvanized iron sheets, fiberboard, nails and others.

“By the end of March, I want an inventory and I want LGUs to provide proper accounting of fiberboard removals, including sheets and plywood,” Garcia told reporters in a recent interview with the press.

“So that after we can determine if we should continue to keep the cement boards in the LGUs or if I can remove them because I have projects where the fiber boards would be great to use,” she added.

The governor, however, clarified that Dasig Sugbo beneficiaries can still get groceries from their partner supermarket chains and that their cards will still be accepted.

The provincial government, through its Provincial General Service Office (PGSO), has sent letters to local governments, announcing that they will conduct an inventory of building materials supposedly intended for residents whose homes have been damaged by Typhoon Odette.

Copies of the letter, dated March 22, 2022 and signed by PGSO official Rodel Bontuyan, were also posted on the social media of several local government units (LGUs).

The province has allocated a total of 2 billion pesos in public funds to help residents stricken by Odette get back on their feet.

Instead of handing out cash, they decided to contain the financial aid in a card equipped with quick response (QR) codes. The card was called Dasig Sugbo.

More than 200,000 families across the province have been affected by Odette which hit the island in December 2021.

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