Monday, 2 June 2014

PIA News Dispatch - Friday, May 16, 2014

Implementation of projects for ‘Yolanda’-affected areas will be accelerated: Palace

Malacanang said Friday the government will speed up the implementation of projects in areas destroyed by Typhoon "Yolanda."

“We expect that the implementation will be done at a much faster pace, ngayong nabubuo na iyong mga plano,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said during a press briefing.

A Cabinet meeting was held earlier to discuss the “master plan” for the rehabilitation of areas in Eastern Visayas affected by the typhoon.

“President Aquino directed the Cabinet to act with an increased sense of urgency in finalizing the post-Yolanda rehabilitation plan, especially in view of the expected onset of the rainy season in June,” said Coloma.

He noted that rehabilitation plans have been completed for the provinces of Leyte, Western Samar and Cebu, and that as much as P65 billion will be immediately made available to carry out the plans.

He said the resettlement cluster will meet again within a week to thresh out a policy using science-based multi-hazard maps to determine “safe, controlled, and unsafe zones.”

“This will address the problems posed by the strict implementation of the no-build zone policy, especially in coastal and tourist-oriented areas,” Coloma said, adding that the Cabinet will reconvene before the end of the month to finalize the master plan. PND (ag)