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Rehabilita­tion of typhoon-hit areas not yet over

- By GENALYN KABILING

The government has done a lot in rebuilding the communitie­s devastated by super typhoon Yolanda but the rehabilita­tion task is not yet over, Malacañang assured on Sunday.

On the second anniversar­y of the onslaught of Yolanda in central parts of the country, Presidenti­al spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the government is committed to continue to build back better the Yolanda-hit areas in the wake of criticisms on the sluggish efforts to help the typhoon survivors.

“Ang prinsipyo po na ating sinusunod dito sa ‘Yolanda’ po ay build back better,” Lacierda said over government radio.

“So ang dami na po nating nagawa po sa loob ng dalawang taon at patuloy pa po nating ginagawa po at in-i-improve po ang kalagayan [ng] mga Yolanda-affected areas,” he said, citing the rehabilita­tion of vital public facilities, public markets, and other services in the affected communitie­s.

Lacierda said they understand the criticisms raised against the government about the alleged slow response in addressing the needs of typhoon survivors. But the Palace official pointed out that the magnitude of typhoon Yolanda was really huge and that the government is exhausting efforts to provide relief and rehabilita­tion aid.

Still, Lacierda highlighte­d that the United Nations has commended the Philippine government for its immediate response to the Yolanda calamity, which it claimed was faster compared to other countries.

“Kinikilala po natin na may mga kritiko po tayong nagsasabin­g mabagal, pero malaki po ang sakunang nangyari sa atin at patuloy po nating tinutulung­an at ginagampan­an po ang ating trabaho,” Lacierda said.

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