Guv: Leytenos must celebrate Christmas

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

LEYTE Governor Dominic Petilla encouraged his constituents to celebrate Christmas, saying the areas that were devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda are fast recovering.

"Ang Christmas naman nasa puso ng tao. It is an opportunity for us to renew our strength na pinakita nating mga Leyteno," Petilla said in an interview late Thursday.

The outpouring support of the Aquino government, international and local organizations and citizens play a crucial role in helping Tacloban City and various municipalities in the province of Leyte to immediately recover from the disaster, he said.

"Ang dami nating regalo galing sa labas na tumulong sa atin. Andiyan ang mga relief na galing sa mga kindhearted and generous na mga tao na tumutulong sa atin," Petilla said.

Petilla thanked the Aquino government for coming out with a strategic plan to restore the economic and social conditions of the areas devastated by Yolanda (internationally known as Haiyan).

The National Economic and Development Authority said the recovery and reconstruction for areas devastated by the typhoon will require a total of P361 billion in investments.

"The estimated total investment requirements for recovery and reconstruction shall cover shelter and resettlement (P183.3 billion), public infrastructure (P28.4 billion), education and health services (P37.4 billion), agriculture (P18.7 billion), industry and services (P70.6 billion), local government (P4 billion) and social protection (P18.4 billion)," Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said in a statement.

"This amount will be disbursed over four years, in line with a phased, cumulative and flexible implementation of the Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda Plan," Balisacan said.

“The government has allocated about P34 billion for the critical immediate actions, which are now underway. Another P100 billion is forthcoming in 2014,” Balisacan said. (PNA)

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