Assistant Secretary Manuel Bonoan of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), who is executive director of the Mt. Pinatubo Rehabilitation Project Management Office (MPR-PMO), said that only PlO million of the P50 million calamity fund ordered released last year by President Ramos for the tail dike has so far been released.Bonoan
said that the Pl0 million could be spent while awaiting the release of the P40 million.The 2.9-kilometer tail dike from Barangay Magliman to San Nicolas made of lahar materials was initiated by SSFF
, the San Fernando municipal government and Save Pampanga Movement (SPM) in April, 1996.Christened St. Ferdinand dike, the structure was designed to protect barangays Poblacion, Magliman, Dolores, Sto.Niflo, San Nicolas, del Pilar, San Jose, Sta.Lucia and San Juan.About a kilometer section of the tail dike was constructed also by civic leaders in the Sto.
and Yabut appealed to local officials and concerned civic leaders headed by Levy P. Laus to lobby the early release of the additional P40 million necessary for the completion of the tail dike.