Friday, November 29, 2013

President Aquino approves Yolanda recovery, rehab plan ‘in principle’ November 28, 2013

From the Website of the President

President Aquino approves Yolanda recovery, rehab plan ‘in principle’ November 28, 2013
President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday approved in principle a three-phase plan by the Cabinet for the recovery and rehabilitation of residents affected by super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan).

This was after the President called in the Cabinet for a meeting on the matter, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

“The plan has three phases: to provide immediate assistance to affected areas, expand initiatives and programs in the medium term, and reach full recovery and rehabilitation in the long term,” Lacierda said in a statement.

He also said the President instructed the Cabinet to act soonest on what can be done.
“Dapat gawin, kayang gawin, ngayon na,” he quoted the President as saying.
Socio-economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan presented the Yolanda Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan during the meeting, he added.

But the President also asked Balisacan and other Cabinet members concerned to give more specific details, Lacierda said.

He added that the Cabinet will again meet with President Aquino on Friday to present further refinements to the said plan, including the immediate actions to be taken.


Guiuan residents in Eastern Samar start to rebuild lives
November 29, 2013
(GUIUAN, Eastern Samar) Residents of this town are starting to pick up the pieces three weeks after the devastation wrought by typhoon “Yolanda,” one of the world’s strongest storms.

The local government here is focusing on clearing debris and rehabilitation of damaged houses.

Sangguniang Bayan Secretary and Operations Center Spokesperson Rectito Melquiades said the clearing operations here were already 70 percent complete as of Thursday.

“Several private companies were lending us heavy equipment to clear municipal streets and other areas. We gave priority to the main streets,” Melquiades said.

He said they no longer have problems in delivering relief goods and reaching all islands in Guiuan as they have cleared all road blocks already.

There have been at least seven rounds of relief goods distribution in coastal barangays and four islands of Guiuan such as Suluan Island, Homonhon, Tubabao and Manicani, the official said.

Citing official report, Melquiades said that the local relief center in Guiuan has served 14,193 families in 60 barangays.

He said they are trying to limit the distribution of relief goods due to reports of hoarding and they want people particularly fishermen and farmers to go back to work.

“We have sufficient supply of relief goods but we don’t want them to just rely on us. They need to go back to work and provide for their families,” he said.

The Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative has also started repairing toppled electric posts to meet the deadline set by the Energy department to restore power in entire Eastern Visayas by December 24.
As for the bunkhouses, the Department of Public Works and Highways has started to build temporary shelters in five towns and islands in Eastern Samar.

Thirty-five bunkhouses will be built in Guiuan, three in Victory Island, three in Campoyong, two in Salug, two in Tubabao and one in Lupok, according to Melquiades.

Several police officers stationed at an outpost in Barangay Mercedes have also started rebuilding their office.
Some district hospitals are also operational as Melquiades assured of sufficient supplies of medicines.
Big establishments, however, are not yet operational as looting remains a concern to residents here.
Melquiades said they are expecting business and trade to normalize soon as police forces have already been augmented in the town.

At least 100 people died here due to Typhoon Yolanda. At least 16 persons died in the small island of Victory alone.

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