‘Yolanda’ rehab not yet over
Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. yesterday said he refused to buy the Aquino government’s claim it has accomplished 51 percent of its rehabilitation target of areas devastated by super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ two years ago.
That claim of a 51 percent accomplishment, Marcos said, is “a very optimistic estimate” because the government has barely implemented the master plan former Secretary Panfilo “Ping” Lacson has crafted for the rehabilitation.
“I don’t know how they arrived at 51 percent because by the government’s own admission, if you look at the (permanent) housing figures, it is less than ten (10) percent –17,000 out of 250,000 is about 6 percent,” Marcos said in an ambush interview at the Tacloban Astrodome.
Marcos joined the morning commemorative walk that converged at the Astrodome where a mass was held as well as the unveiling of the memorial for victims of typhoon Yolanda that struck on Nov. 8, 2013.
What is more frustrating is the government’s refusal to provide a full disclosure of what it has done to help victims of typhoon Yolanda.
“They do not explain what they are doing, they do not explain how much has been done, how much has been spent, how much is still available. They feel no need to give us any facts and figures,” the senator lamented.
While in Tacloban, Marcos said he would take the opportunity to inspect and assess for himself the progress of the government’s rehabilitation efforts.
The senator earlier demanded a full accounting and disclosure of the funds allocated for Yolanda victims, the donations received, as well as the status of the rehabilitation and recovery programs for areas devastated by the typhoon.