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Palace official clarifies maintenance of 6 Yolanda buses

One of the six Hino buses donated by President Rodrigo Duterte to the city government of Tacloban is just left abandoned at the national highway of Barangay Tigbao, Tacloban City. NESTOR L. ABREMATEA

TACLOBAN CITY, May 28, 2018–The Office of the President in the Visayas has clarified that it is the role of the Local Government of Tacloban to maintain the six Hino buses that President Rodrigo Duterte donated to the city last December.

Secretary Michael Diño, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, said that it is the responsibility of the city government of Tacloban to properly maintain the vehicles having been turned over to them.

He said the use of the Yolanda buses were exclusively for the free ride of the victims of Typhooon Yolanda from the city proper to the resettlement sites in the northern barangays.

“It is for a free ride of the Yolanda survivors and it is the now the role of the city government of Tacloban to maintain it,” said Diño.

Diño refused to comment on the accident involving the Hino bus last February 2, 2018 in Catbalogan City that claimed three lives and injured 8 others.

The Hino bus met an accident in Catbalogan City while transporting the Tacloban City delegation to the Eastern Visayas Regional Association Athletic Meet (EVRAA) in Calbayog City.

The Department of Education (DepED) Tacloban City Division said they do know who authorized the use of the buses for the use of the athletes.

Supt.Thelma Quetalig of DepEd Tacloban City Division said the city delegation has a transportation budget of P350,000.00 as approved by the City School Board with funding coming from the Special Education Fund (SEF) of the city government.

Quitaleg disowned liability in the Yolanda bus tragedy.​ ​(Nestor L.​ ​Abrematea)

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