Malacañang to get sentiments of Yolanda survivors in consultations
TACLOBAN CITY (CIO)– The National Government will spearhead a series of consultations to get the sentiments of Yolanda survivors and check the status of unfinished livelihood and housing projects in Yolanda-affected areas in Region 8. Presidential Adviser on Special Concerns Wendel Avisado announced this on Tuesday in a meeting hosted by the Regional Development Council 8 Chaired by Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez.
Attended by other local chief executives and heads of the National Government Agencies in the region, the meeting was held at the NEDA Regional Office.
To get the issues and concerns of Yolanda survivors in resettlement sites, and check on the status of ongoing Yolanda Rehabilitation Projects is the aim of the planned consultations, said Avisado.
The Palace official was tasked by President Rodrigo Duterte to oversee projects in the Yolanda corridor.
“The President wants to know the status of Yolanda rehabilitation projects after three years…we will go to every province…that’s how serious the President is,” he said.
According to Director Kim De Leon of Office of the Presidential Assistant for Special Concerns, the consultations will also check if there are issues of ‘mismatch’ in projects implemented.
Among the expected outputs of the talks said De Leon, is the well-being and sustainability of the Yolanda survivors’ stay in resettlement areas. While concerned government agencies are expected to identify their short term to medium term interventions as answer to issues in the resettlement sites after the talks
The first run of these provincial consultations will be held in Tacloban City on March 19 in Barangays Kawayan, Cabalawan, and San Isidro, and March 20 in San Isidro (Guadalupe), Sto. Nino, Suhi, Kawayan, Sta. Elena, Camansihay, Salvacion, and Tigbao.
Among the highlights of the activity, which will convene local officials, representatives of government agencies and Yolanda survivors is an open forum and reporting of Yolanda Cluster Updates.
Meanwhile, Romualdez encouraged everyone to cooperate in the planned consultations as this will help make government interventions more responsive to the needs of Yolanda survivors.
More than 20 Billion pesos have been released by the National Government to fund various Post-Yolanda projects in the region said the Department of Budget and Management.
In a status update, it was shown that 1000 North Tacloban residents have been recipients of Livelihood Starter kits from the Department of Trade and Industry.
Livelihood Centers will likewise be built in resettlement areas with funds from the public and private sectors.
Meantime, the National Housing Authority (NHA) reported that of the targeted 14, 433 units that it intends to build in Tacloban, 11, 195 have already been completed. Eleven thousand one hundred one (11,101) have been awarded, while 1,644 are in “various stages” said the NHA.
Tacloban City has the most number of Yolanda Housing Projects, as it was ground zero when Yolanda pummelled the region in 2013. -Henry James G. Roca