• NEDA to present final ‘Yolanda’ rehab plan


    The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is set to present the final Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) recovery and reconstruction plan on December 18 to international donors to brief them on reconstruction starting next year toward long term.

    According to reports, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said that the presentation of the final plan would brief the international development partners on the government’s steps in the reconstruction of the damaged region, as well as to get “more support for the plan.”

    International donors—on the ground or not—include United Nations groups, emergency fund units and donors, International Labor Organization, World Health Organization, International Organization for Migration, multilaterals and private sectors among others.

    The NEDA would be holding a year-ender press conference on Tuesday to clarify and give details on the final rehabilitation plan, as well as other issues and concerns that the government agency had their hands on.

    Balisacan, who is also the NEDA director general, earlier said that the initial plan include short, medium and long-term steps to reconstruction and relief to “normalcy” of the situation in the Visayas region hit by the super typhoon, livelihood restoration, determining geohazard locations and building to safer areas.

    On November 28, Balisacan first presented the initial rehabilitation plan to President Benigno Aquino 3rd with Cabinet members Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima.

    About 25 representatives among donors, international organizations, countries and multilaterals attended the briefing.

    The NEDA was told by the President to further develop and draw particular steps to the initial plan to recovery and reconstruction in Visayas.

    Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Visayas region, mostly the Eastern Visayas consisted of Leyte and Samar provinces, on November 8 that affected 16.1 million people, or 3.4 million to date based on latest reports from the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council on Monday.

    Active groups on the ground in Visayas, mostly UN groups, earlier said that they are working with the government and continuing their intensified efforts in the area may it be for food, health and sanitation, reconstruction, education and livelihood for the survivors to bring back normalcy in the hard-hit areas as soon as possible.


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    1. From a distance, you begin to wonder whether there is really a way to make Tacloban safe from another cyclone to come with its devastating surges that caused a lot of deaths from drowning, short of encircling the whole city with a wall. This will be a gigantic undertaking besides rebuilding the infrastructures in the ground and help the people rebuild their houses, and businesses. This is an overwhelming project that needs, everybody’s attention. I am surprise that the MARCOS/RUMUALDEZ clan are quiet, the world want to know what they can do for their suffering citizens. It would be interesting how this will pan out. God have mercy.