Leyte lawmaker wants inquiry on Yolanda rehabilitation efforts

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Monday, May 12, 2014


The leader of the Independent Minority Bloc in the House of Representatives on Monday asked for a congressional inquiry on the true status of the rehabilitation efforts of the government six months after the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Visayas.

Leyte Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez said that he will file a resolution which will ask for inventories and audit reports on the hundreds of billions of pesos in aid, both in cash and in kind, from the international community.

“We don't have any idea where the money and the goods are being kept, who are the custodians, how much has been disbursed or distributed and for whom or to where,” he said.

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Last year, Congress passed the P14.6-billion supplemental budget to aid communities hit by various calamities while international pledges have reached over P24.9 billion.

Romualdez also said they will investigate what is causing the slow pace of construction work and if there are public officials who stifle or obstruct the recovery
efforts.

“We want to find out how many more remain homeless up to now and the slow pace of the construction,” Romualdez said.

He added that intrigues are not in their minds and they are focus on how they can help their constituents because “it really pains to feel that they are being neglected by the government.”

“We want to double or triple time the effort as we give the full trust and confidence to the people behind. We do not support the call to replace rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson for we know he is too eager to help us and the rest of the affected areas of Yolanda,” Romualdez said. (John Carlo Cahinhinan/Sunnex)

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