TWO years after super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) hit the country in November 2013, the government said it is halfway done in its rehabilitation projects for those affected by the deadliest storm the country ever had.
in an inter-agency news briefing on Thursday, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said about 51 percent of all projects for rehabilitation and recovery are “largely completed” and in “various stages of procurement,” while the rest is seen to be accomplished by the end of 2016.
“We are happy to report that we are on track in completing infrastructure projects,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said. “Majority of the roads, bridges, ports, and telecommunication facilities, which are key in restoring economic activity, have already been reconstructed and even upgraded for resiliency.”
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said more than half of the P150-billion funds for rebuilding the affected communities have been released.
“Of the total requirement of P150 billion for rebuilding the communities hit by Typhoon Yolanda, we have released a total of P93.87 billion as of October 23, 2015,” Budget Secretary Florencio Abad reported.
Abad said these fund releases were charged against various funding sources in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for fiscal years 2013, 2014 and 2015.
The Department of Public Works and Highways said it had accomplished about 86 percent of the required infrastructure projects, which include about 60 kilometers of 106 targeted national roads; 1,100 linear meters of 1,852 linear meters of national bridges; and1.7 kilometers of access roads.
Meanwhile, 2,887 of the total 13,876 or 20.8 percent of the funded sub-projects under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have been completed as of end-October 2015.
These sub-projects include roads, flood and river control systems, community centers, footpaths, electrification, school buildings, water systems, daycare centers, health stations and bridges.
The DSWD said a total of 2,315 transitional shelters out of the 2,489 targets have been completed as of end-October.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said a total of 447,730 families have been served under its Cash for Building Livelihood Assets and provision of Livelihood Assistance Grants.
This is 58 percent of its overall 2014 -2016 target of 778,549 families under the program, the DTI added.
Completion by 2016
“The intention is to complete at least these P150-billion projects by the end of 2016 and by the time we should be reaching most of what was planned,” Balisacan said.
He added that the NEDA is working to ensure that recovery is on track, in line with the broader development goals set under the Philippine Development Plan.
“We have accomplished much over the last two years, but there is still a lot that must be done in creating the enabling environment and ensuring that governance practices make it easier to build back better, safer and faster, as the times require,” Balisacan said.