Lacson inspects Yolanda-hit areas

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Friday, December 13, 2013

TACLOBAN CITY -- Three days since his assumption to office, former senator and now Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson visited Eastern Visayas on Friday to assess the extent of damage caused by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the region.

He also met with local officials of several affected local government units.

In an interview with media, Lacson said the government targets to implement the actual implementation of the rehabilitation either February or March 2014, as they are still threshing out some minor details.

He assured that there is enough fund for the rehabilitation, adding that it amounts to around P170 billion.

Lacson said he was thinking of utilizing the “adoption system,” as he underscored his plan to integrate the private sector in rehabilitation efforts of typhoon-hit areas.

He also said that he plans to hold a summit with the private sector to get their actual commitment “to help directly in the rehabilitation.”

“We won’t meddle in the handling of their funds, they will go direct to the places they want to adopt and rehabilitate,” he said.

Lacson said what they have to do is "synchronize, integrate all the efforts and coordinate with all these people.”

Funds from foreign non-government organizations that are interested may be transferred directly to foundations, he said.

Lacson also announced that they already have development sponsors for Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Ormoc City in Leyte and northern Cebu. (PNA)

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