The National Government has already disbursed P8.09 billion to fund various rehabilitation and recovery programs, projects and activities in Tacloban City. Of this figure, P3 billion is for infrastructure projects; P367.44 million for social services; P4.01 billion for resettlement; and P714.73 million for livelihood assistance.
This is a transcription of the press briefing on Yolanda rehab and recovery by Vice President Jejomar Binay, Secretary Panfilo Lacson, Secretary Dinky Soliman, Secretary Babes Singson, NHA General Manager Chito Cruz, UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Haoliang Xu, and JICA Visiting Senior Advisor Kimio Takeya held at the PICC, Pasay City, on November 10, 2014.
Narito ang mga pinakahuling ulat sa rehabilitasyon pagkatapos ng Yolanda sa pangangasiwa ng Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery.
Here are the latest updates on the rehabilitation efforts after Yolanda under the supervision of the Office Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery.
“Six months after Yolanda, the challenge remains daunting. Without mental reservation, I dare say, we are on track in giving back normalcy to the lives of the survivors.” Secretary Panfilo M. Lacson responded when asked about the progress of the rehabilitation efforts. Lacson was appointed by the President as the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) last December 10, 2013.
Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) Panfilo Lacson witness the turnover of the $1 million check donation for the Yolanda fund from Swami Ramakhrisnananda Puri M.A. Center Board of Directors to Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation President Rene Butch Meily.
Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) Panfilo Lacson led the groundbreaking ceremonies on March 10 for the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Center, Barangay Buyayawon Community Center and the Barangay Busay Community Center in Mercedes, Eastern Samar.
A “No Build Zone” policy in the Yolanda affected areas would have prohibited building any structure within 40 meters from the coastline. However, Presidential Assistant for Recovery & Rehabilitation (PARR) Panfilo Lacson says that a blanket application of the No Build Zone will not address exceptional circumstances and may be impractical for certain areas. For instance, Lacson points out that areas with fishing industries or tourism-oriented businesses still need to build structures within 40 meters from the coastline. Other areas are located in high elevations which are not susceptible to storm surges.
Though Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) is not handling one peso of this money, PARR’s role is, in part, to help put in place mechanisms to allow the public to track the money that they are contributing to post-Yolanda recovery.
Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday oversaw the turnover of a municipal building and the public market in Balangiga, Samar, which were reconstructed through the efforts of an American private firm.
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