Leyte finalizing rehab masterplan

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Thursday, May 8, 2014


THE Provincial Government of Leyte, six months after Typhoon Yolanda struck the island, is still finalizing all the details of the masterplan, which will be used as basis for the funding of the rehabilitation program, said Governor Leopoldo Dominic Petilla.

He said they hope to finish the masterplan by next week, so they can submit it to the National Government for appropriate action.

“Hopefully, there will be no problem with the reports to be submitted, then we will have the approval of the President and that eventually be the basis for the funding of our rehabilitation program,” he told Sun.Star in an exclusive interview.

Leyte Governor Dominic Petilla
TACLOBAN. A file photo of Governor Leopoldo Dominic Petilla making remarks during the turnover of a mobile hospital in Palo, Leyte in December 2013. (Contributed photo)


Petilla said the villages and towns affected by Typhoon Yolanda have submitted their respective damage reports since December 2013, but the reports have to be validated and integrated into the provincial rehabilitation plan.

“We are really prioritizing this report and we are working day and night as much as possible to finish the masterplan,” he said, adding that people from the Office of the Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation and Recovery are providing them technical assistance.

The governor said that more or less P20 billion might be allotted for the rehabilitation program of Leyte, “so it’s now a matter of coming up with a credible and comprehensive report.”

He said he is happy, though, that the local government of Leyte has done a lot since Typhoon Yolanda struck the province.

“I am happy to learn from the international humanitarian organizations that we have done a lot compared to the other countries where there are similar disasters or calamities,” he said.

Thousands of people in Leyte were killed and several families have been displaced by Yolanda, considered the strongest typhoon to hit land in 2013. A number of people remained missing as of this posting. (Rowel Montes/With LMY/Sunnex)

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