Former senator Panfilo Lacson and now Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) has admitted that he is thinking of resigning because of his frustrations with the limited power granted him as rehab czar.
He described himself as “a superman without power” in his role as post-Yolanda rehabilitation czar.
“I don’t have implementation authority. I don’t have a budget, three consultants under government payroll, no capital outlay, no MOOE (maintenance and other operating expenses), and probably the only czar of its kind. A superman, if you will, without power,” the former senator said.
Lacson, who attended the turnover on Tuesday of 229 classrooms and day-care centers to four Yolanda-hit towns in northern Cebu, said his “frustrations” keep on building up while handling the role as rehabilitation czar.
He added that his limited mandate hinders him from performing better.
“I must now confess. This is the only job I ever had that every single day of my life, I am thinking of resigning,” Lacson said.
He is the overall manager and coordinator of rehabilitation, recovery and reconstruction efforts of government departments, agencies, and instrumentalities in the areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda on November 8 last year.
“God knows I want to do better and accomplish more and I am certain that I could have done better and accomplished more,” Lacson said.
“We still do with whatever limitations and restrictions. My main existence is just on coordinating with the national government agencies but you know we must learn how to improvise.”
The Department of Budget has released P50 billion for the rehabilitation efforts for the affected areas.
Lacson said P39 billion has been front-loaded to different national agencies while another P11 billion was released just last Monday to the National Housing Authority for its housing project.
But according to him, full rehabilitation could not yet be achieved due to lack of funds considering that it would still need around P120 billion.
Cebu province still needs around P7 billion for its P12.6-billion rehabilitation and recovery plan.