Tacloban City Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin has admitted that the local government unit is having difficulties generating jobs for the typhoon survivors.
Yaokasin noted that the business sector in the city has not yet resumed operations, and only Robinsons Place has reopened.
“The thrust of the government right now is to help the business sector, they are neglected. The government is now focusing on the poorest of poor, but we should not forget the lifeblood of the government,” he said.
Yaokasin explained that business establishments are hesitant to open, fearing possible looting if distribution of aid stopped. But 40 percent of businesses are slowly recovering, given that only 30 percent of the power supply has been restored.
Mayor Alfred Romualdez said a big establishment in Tacloban is set to open by April that “will surely” create 1,200 jobs.
Romualdez said Tacloban is now drafting a master-plan, which he hopes to be completed by mid-March.
He said idle lands in Tacloban safe from storm surges will be used as center of commerce to help recover the economic losses.
Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) warned on Saturday that millions of survivors of the Philippines’ deadliest typhoon were still without adequate shelter 100 days after the disaster.
“The authorities, UN agencies and non-governmental organiza–tions, and the Filipino people should be commended for the pace of progress . . . But we can not afford to be complacent,” UN resident and humanitarian coordinator for the Philippines Luiza Carvalho said.