• Relocation sites for typhoon survivors identified

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     Survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda and members of People Surge march in Mendiola to denounce the alleged negligence of the government in attending to the needs of the typhoon victims. The march started in Quiapo, Manila. PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ

    Survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda and members of People Surge march in Mendiola to denounce the alleged negligence of the government in attending to the needs of the typhoon victims. The march started in Quiapo, Manila. PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ

    IT will take some time before survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda can be moved to new shelters because the city government of Tacloban is still identifying the resettlement area for more than 2,500 people still residing in tent cities.

    Mayor Alfred Romualdez said in a TV interview that the survivors may be transferred to two barangays deemed safe.

    The chosen area “is about 10 kilometers from the downtown,” Romualdez added.

    “This was determined because it was the safest area, but the problem is urban planners determined that only half of the 100 hectares can be used because half of the area is too hilly,” he explained.

    The mayor noted that the decision to identify the land came after the completion of their master plan two weeks ago. But he said they will need additional land in order to accommodate all of the evacuees.

    “We need more space so we are still in the process of looking for more land,” according to the mayor.

    The typhoon killed more than 6,200 people and ravaged Tacloban City and dozens of other municipalities in Central Visayas.

    Romualdez disclosed that the city government is drafting a special livelihood program for thousands of Yolanda survivors who will be moved to the resettlement area because it is far from their sources of income.

    He said the city has not recovered from its economic losses.

    “Now as you know many businesses here were closed so in terms of taxes we have not collected much. It’s really hurting, so we are now doing what we can to get more land so we can now put temporary shelters [there]so we can move the evacuees as soon as possible,” Romualdez added.

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