Government pours in P8.09B for Tacloban City’s rehabilitation and recovery

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.

Transcript: Q and A of the press briefing on Yolanda rehab and recovery efforts, November 10, 2014

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.

Update: Rehab efforts 6 months after Yolanda

“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.

PARR: “No Build Zone” Policy not recommended in Yolanda-affected areas

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.