Palace vows faster aid for ‘Yolanda’ victims

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MALACANANG on Sunday vowed to pour more funds to complete the rehabilitation of areas hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda after a United Nations report indicated that victims remain “vulnerable” two years after the calamity.

In an interview over state-run Radyo ng Bayan, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the proposed 2016 budget will provide additional funds to continue recovery efforts in communities that were affected not only by Yolanda but the crisis in the cities of Zamboanga and Cotabato as well.

“We thank UN Special Rapporteur Chaloka Beyani for his 10-day visit that resulted in his comprehensive report on concrete suggestions on how the government can better respond to calamities,” Coloma added.

“There is no let-up in giving the needed support to internally displaced persons, particularly with regard to the construction of permanent, safe and decent homes [for them],” the Palace official said.


Coloma added that the National Housing Authority, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Public Works and Highways and other agencies are providing assistance to victims to ensure their return to normal life.

He assured the UN that the government will speed up efforts in fulfilling its promises to victims of calamities.

“We also aim to help them find livelihoods that will ensure their full recovery,” Coloma said.

In his report, Beyani said the Philippines has not done enough to rebuild and that thousands remain in shanties without power or water.

Many survivors in Eastern Visayas, he added, have had to endure relocating to evacuation camps up to three times since Yolanda struck in 2013, and the sub-standard housing leaves them vulnerable to future typhoons.

“While the government is to be commended in terms of its immediate responses, its attention to ensuring sustainable durable solutions for IDPs [internally displaced persons]remains inadequate to date,” Beyani said in a statement posted on the UN website.

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  1. I Remember... on

    Coloma IS NOT funny anymore. What an a s s h o l e. Hope he gets tons of money from Aquino, because his reputation will be tainted so bad, he will not be able to get a decent job.

  2. Is there a need for the government to make a vow? C’mon, that is their duty and obligation. Pa vow vow pa. That is an open admission that the way the handling of the aid to the Yolanda victim has been mismanaged, inefficient incompetent and mal-administered. Bakit hanggang ngayon maramin pang naghihirap sa kahirapan dinulot nang Yolanda? Because of the government’s foul-ups.

  3. Faustino Reyes on

    This shows how efficient our government is. Almost 2 years na and some areas still have not received aid to rebuild their houses. An example is Camotes Islands in northeastern Cebu. Some NGOs helped but nothing from the government so far…

  4. Ang mga LTO offices, School/classroom buildings nga dito sa amin sa Leyte hanggang ngaun hindi ma ayos-ayos eh…. bumisita kayo dito sa amin para makita ninyo. puro NGO ang nagpagawa sa mga school buildings dito sa amin.

  5. 2 years later the government vows faster aid ?
    How about just wait another 2 years and vow double fast aid.

    Does Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr believe the words coming out of his mouth ? If he does that would be one person that believes anything he says.

  6. “There is no let-up” states the palace. Everyone can see as little has been done as possible. None of us believe that it takes 2 years to complete it. They have not even started!

  7. Sira ulo lang ang maniwala kay NOYTARD sa tulong sa Yolanda victims,Sa tagal na ng nakalipas pagkatapos ng Yolanda at sa dami ng pera galing sa DAP at PDAF ay nagawa na ang pagtulong,Sa halip na tulungan ang mga biktima ang ginawa ni NOYTARD ay manuhol sa mga yellow solons para sa kaso no Corona at pagproyekta sa mga KKK.Palibhasa mentally retarded si NOYTARD kaya wala sa kanya ang kapakanan ng masa.

  8. Ha ha ha ha! Aaaaaayyyyyyyy naku mga taga Malacanang, kailangan pang may pumuna bago kumilos itong mga makupad at lip service na gobyernong ito eh! So lumalabas na ang katotohanan?