Lacson aims to rehab typhoon-stricken areas by 2016



Former Senator Panfilo Lacson hopes to finish rebuilding typhoon stricken areas in the Visayas by 2016, when President Benigno Aquino ends his term.

Speaking at the weekly Kapihan sa Diamond Hotel news forum, Lacson, the newly appointed “rehabilitation czar,” admitted the task is difficult but doable, based on discussions he had with various consultants.

He said he expects to be showered with criticisms but he will not let them to distract him from his job.

“Politics and dynamics could be among the obstacles so I have to stay focus because if I allow myself to be distracted by the criticisms the mission will fail,” he said.

He said his priority is to rehabilitate all areas affected by Yolanda, unless there are other places that have been damaged before the super typhoon.

Among the concerns that need his immediate attention are the missing and destroyed land titles particularly in Tacloban City. Lacson said he is coordinating with the Land Registration Authority (LRA) to find out what to do.

He said the absence of land titles could give land grabbers the opening to take advantage of the situation.

“Missing land titles is one of the concerns because how can you establish ownership and start restoration of houses without it,” he said.

Lacson accepted his new appointment Sunday night.

As head of the government’s reconstruction efforts, he said he intends to closely coordinate with local and national government.

The government expects to raise P130 billion for rehabilitation next year, which includes the P14.6 billion supplemental budget sourced from the unused Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and P20 billion from the unused calamity fund of selected line agencies.

The P100 billion, on the other hand, will come from the proposed 2014 national budget– P80 billion in unprogrammed funds and P20 billion in programmed funds.

The President has yet to sign the executive order that would formalize Lacson’s appointment as rehabilitation head.




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  1. I want to help and be in the team Rehabilitation of the good senator.

    Senator Ping, Sir, how can i reach you?

  2. This is the first time that Pinoy(the president) made a very intelligent selection by choosing Panfilo Lacson. Lacson a veteran senator with more than 10yrs of experience as a legislator and a police general who controls and manages the whole PNP with effectiveness. With all his past experiences, Lacson is more than qualified to handle the rehabilitation and recovery of the areas damaged by Yoling! Needless to say that Lacson, as a senator did not get or receive his pork barrel fund allocation of 200 million pesos yearly for being an elected senator! The only senator who did not touch his pork barrel fund allocation from the time he was elected as senator. Let us wish the former senator the very best of luck and pray that all his actions and plans will be sucessful for the benefit of all, specially the people affected by the earthquake and typhoon yolanda! Mabuhay ka former senator Panfilo Lacson!

  3. Lumubog ang bangka ni Mar Roxas dahil hindi siya ang napiling Yolanda rehab czar.Yan ang napapala ng incompetent

    • matandangmahilig on

      Between Mar Roxas at Panfilo Lacson,di hamak na mas qualified naman talaga si Lacson bilang rehab czar

  4. good that Senator Lacson accepted the job… in confident that he can do it with flying colors… May God bless you Mr. Senator…

  5. I trust this guy even if I do not know him personally. he and the president I trust in rebuilding the Yolanda devastated areas. Want everybody to watch him do his job without any interference from any one, so he can focus his attention wholly for this. Unless you have any important thing to say, to contribute to the rebuilding, just watch. The people of Leyte are with you in this project but there are always people that will try to bring down because you are a political threat to them, so watch your back. God bless the people of Leyte, PNOY, and Mr. P. Lacson.