Vice President Jejomar Binay on Sunday scored the Aquino administration for the slow pace of rehabilitation in areas in Eastern Visayas affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
Leyte and nearby provinces were devastated by the typhoon on November 8, 2013.
“Nakakalungkot na dito sa Leyte, kahit na may pondo naman para pagandahin ang buhay at tulungang makabangon ang mga biktima ni Yolanda, hindi naman ito nakakarating sa tamang panahon [It saddens me that in Leyte, even if there are rehabilitation funds to help the people get back on their feet, these funds do not reach the victims on time],” Binay said in a statement.
According to the Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS) of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), poverty incidence in Eastern Visayas reached 54.9 percent in 2014, an almost 10-percent increase from 2012 figures.
This translated to 2.25 million Filipinos in the region who do not have enough income and are languishing in poverty.
During the celebration of the founding anniversary of Alangalang town in Leyte, Binay described the poverty incidence in the region, as well as all forms of poverty, as “immoral.”
He said every Filipino should benefit from economic progress.
If he wins the presidency next year, according to Binay, his administration will strive to create jobs and provide adequate social services that will especially help the poor.
The Vice President also vowed that under his term, the indecisiveness that has been associated with the Aquino administration will be eliminated.
He also promised to provide ample support to enable local governments to address their needs.
Binay then urged the residents to learn from the many lessons offered by the past, citing the importance of remembering the tragedy caused by Yolanda.
The Vice President joined activities for the Yolanda commemoration including the unveiling of memorial markers at Barangay Anibong, Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport and Tacloban City Convention Center.
He visited a mass grave site in Tanauan, where around 1,200 people died, and inspected the remains of a suspected Yolanda victim found at Barangay 87 in San Jose, Tacloban.
Later in the day, Binay attended candle-lighting ceremonies for Yolanda victims.
He has been in Eastern Visayas since November 3 to check on survivors of Yolanda, which killed 6,300 and devastated P89-billion worth of property, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
The Vice President visited and talked with residents of Silago, Hinunangan, Hinundayan, Anahawan, San Juan, Saint Bernard, Libagon, Sogod, Malitbog, Padre Burgos, Macrohon and Maasin in Southern Leyte.
He also went to Palo, Dulag, Hilongos, Baybay, Abuyog, MacArthur, Mayorga, La Paz, Burauen, Julita, Tolosa, Tanauan, Tabon-Tabon, Dagami, Pastrana, Alangalang, Santa Fe and Tacloban in Leyte.