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Lacson : Nation needs P170.9B to recover from ‘Yolanda’ damage

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A total amount of P170.9B will cost the national government to be able to rehabilitate provinces extremely affected by super typhoon Yolanda in November last year, according to Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery secretary Panfilo Lacson.

Lacson officially turned over the 8,000-page, eight-volume master plan to President Noynoy Aquino at the Mania Memorial Park following the commemoration of the fifth death anniversary of the chief executive’s mother, former president Corazon Aquino.

Here is the transcript of media interview (highlights) with Lacson:

Media: Can you mention the highlights of the (comprehensive rehabilitation and recovery plan)?

Ping: Iyong highlights nito four basic sectors and inaddress: livelihood, resettlement, social services, and infrastructure. Hindi rin kinalimutan iyong mga ibang issues like iyong gender sensitivity needs at saka iyong equality, kasama rin iyong disaster preparedness, kasama rin iyong climate change adaptation, kasama rin iyong environmental concerns.

Ang halagang total nito 170.9 billion pesos. Merong available sa DBM, according to Secretary Abad na 137 billion na pwedeng i-front load sa 2014 all the way hanggang 2015. So in effect, ang pinapaaprubahan namin sa Pangulo ngayon dahil inapprove na niya iyong mga nauna na nasa mga 98 billion, iyong anim na LGUs, e iyong balanse na lamang.

So dahil available naman iyong 137, ayon sa DBM, mga 36 billion na lamang iyong residual amount na kailangang i-release ng DBM o isama sa budget sa 2015 o 2016 para mabuo na iyong kaukulang halaga sa pag build back better sa Yolanda (devastated areas).

Media: Sir iyong 137, saan galing iyong funds? Is this from the FAiTH (Foreign Aid Transparency Hub), from the provincial or…

Ping: Hindi, ito iyong all government funds, ito iyong supplemental budget, ito iyong joint resolution ng both Houses. Iyon pinagsama-sama iyon, kinombine, umabot ng mga 137 billion.

Katunayan even before the submission of the six LGUs, iyong nauna, kaya nakapagsimulang maggawa na doon, mag-implement doon sa mga tinatawag nating no-regrets projects, ito iyong gagawin din naman anyway, kitang-kita, hindi na kailangang masusi pang pag-aralan kung talaga bang dapat gawin o hindi, so ginawa na iyon. Katulad nung mga municipal halls, nag-download na ang DILG.

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