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MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 10:57PM) The task of overseeing the rehabilitation of Eastern Visayas, which suffered the brunt of super typhoon “Yolanda” early this month has been offered to former Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, ranking government sources said Saturday.
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MANILA, Philippines—Rebuilding areas devastated by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) that killed thousands mostly in Eastern Visayas will take up to five years and cost more than $2 billion, officials said Saturday.
The comments came as the death toll from “Yolanda”, one of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the country, continued to rise.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said 5,632 people had been confirmed dead while 1,759 were still missing following the category five storm earlier this month.
DESPITE the danger, some fishermen in coastal towns in Eastern Visayas are not about to just leave their homes to transfer to safer ground.
The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya (Pamalakaya) said the group, along with members and supporters of their local chapter in Eastern Visayas will challenge the legality of a soon-to-be issued executive order of Malacañang declaring the country’s coastlines as “off-limit zones” or “no-build zones.”
LUCENA CITY – A group of fishermen expressed frustration at plans announced by the Department of Agriculture (DA) to distribute 1,300 boats to fishermen, saying the number of fishermen who had lost their boats to Super typhoon Haiyan could easily reach 100,000.
PART of the shoreline of Estancia, Iloilo, that was contaminated by oil spilling from a power barge that was detached from its moorings in the town, lifted off the water by Supertyphoon Yolanda’s 300 kph winds and slammed into communities. NESTOR P. BURGOS JR./INQUIRER VISAYAS
ILOILO CITY—A Church-based group helping victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” has scored the government for its “slow and inadequate” response to an oil spill in Estancia town in Iloilo.
“The people lost their homes already but their plight has worsened because of delayed and piecemeal action, especially of the national government,” said Fr. Marco Sulayao, coordinator of Task Force Buliganay sa Ngalan sang Gugma.
MANILA, Philippines – A fisherfolk group on Firday urged small fishermen and their families in Northern Iloilo to file criminal and other appropriate charges against the state-run National Power Corp. for its slow and inadequate response to an oil spill caused by super typhoon Yolanda.
Congress asked to re-channel P 339 billion budget for debt servicing to Yolanda rehab
Manila, Philippines- The national fisherfolk federation Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya njg Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Friday urged House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. to re-channel the budget for debt serving for 2014 to rehabilitation programs that would uplift the sorry situation of victims of super typhoon Yolanda.