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By Godofredo M. Roperos

Politics also

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

PROVINCIAL Capitol’s proposal for individuals, business firms or corporate entities to adopt a village or barangay to assist it in the rehabilitation process after having been downed by super-typhoon Yolanda last month is sterling. It just might work wonders in devastated areas.

Note that reconstruction or rehabilitation of affected communities in northern Cebu, Tacloban and Eastern Samar is a Herculean task.

Super typhoon Yolanda, the most devastating cyclone to hit Central Philippines in recent years, “destroyed” in excess of half a million houses, as well as damaged about 600,000 of them and left homeless some 3.98 million people.

On top of these tragic loses, at least P35 billion worth of infrastructure and crops were wiped out, according to the report of the national disaster council.

So far, it only some 58 barangays in Cebu have received reconstruction and temporary shelter materials, along with kitchen utensils given through the Task Force Paglig-on (to make strong).

The plan is to encourage donors to identify or choose the village that they want to help. The individual or organization would be left with their own plans and develop on their own ways to help the barangay back on its feet.

According to the initial report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, “at least 24,000 houses were damaged” in the province.

Task Force Paglig-on reported that 58 villages in northern Cebu have already received construction and temporary shelter materials that the Capitol was able to get from private groups and international agencies.

I think this strategy will generate some form of competition among donors themselves.

And the same would naturally hasten the effort to rebuild the barangays.

With the recent appointment of former senator Panfilo Lacson, the devastated areas could probably expect a much faster pace in the effort at reconstruction and rehabilitation of the ravaged areas. I think that there is a better than even chance that the strategy the governor has latched on to may lead to success.

If we consider that our people is fond of competing with and against each other, making the donor pick the barangay to support, and truly identify the community as the donor’s own to put back on its feet again would make the identified village return back to normal existence in no time at all.

Just a measure of competition among the donors may ensure the success.

After all, it would be a great thing for the donor to oversee how “its chosen baby” has been “nursed” to good health once more. The lives they helped save means really a glory to our country.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 10, 2013.


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