Philip­pines vows ac­tion on Haiyan re­build­ing fol­low­ing UN crit­i­cism

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

The Philip­pines on Sun­day vowed to take fur­ther ac­tion to aid those dis­placed by deadly Su­per Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, fol­low­ing U. N. crit­i­cism that the gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse so far had been “in­ad­e­quate.”

Pres­i­dent Benigno Aquino’s spokesman Her­minio Coloma said the gov­ern­ment was not merely try­ing to find new hous­ing for those dis­placed by the storm, which was the most pow­er­ful ever recorded to have hit land, but was also try­ing to en­sure they would be re­lo­cated to safer ground.

“This is our com­mit­ment: the gov­ern­ment will con­tinue its ef­fort to help these in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons, par­tic­u­larly re­gard­ing set­ting up per­ma­nent, safe and de­cent hous­ing,” he told re­porters.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, we hope to help them find suit­able liveli­hood and jobs so they can fur­ther re­cover from the calamity,” Coloma added.

His re­marks came af­ter U.N. spe­cial rap­por­teur Chaloka Beyani said that the gov­ern­ment had not done enough for those left home­less by Haiyan, which flat­tened whole towns and left about 7,350 dead or miss­ing when it swept through the cen­tral Philip­pines in Novem­ber 2013.

Roughly 2,000 fam­i­lies have been forced to re­lo­cate to evac­u­a­tion camps with many liv­ing in shanties, of­ten with­out power or wa­ter, the re­port and so­cial wel­fare of­fi­cials have said.

Coloma said that in the 2016 bud­get, the gov­ern­ment had al­lo­cated more money to set­ting up new com­mu­ni­ties for those af­fected by Haiyan as well as those dis­placed by fight­ing with Mus­lim rebels in the south.

He did not spec­ify how much money was go­ing to vic­tims of Haiyan.

Pres­i­dent Benigno Aquino has bud­geted 160 bil­lion pe­sos ( US$ 3.6 bil­lion) to re­build af­ter Haiyan, con­sid­ered as one of the ma­jor tests of his six- year term that will end in June next year.

The Philip­pines is one of the world’s most dis­as­ter- prone coun­tries, at risk from earth­quakes, vol­canic erup­tions and an av­er­age 20 typhoons yearly.

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