THE Tacloban City Government has committed to work closely with the National Government to carry out projects that would benefit families hit by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013.
Mayor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez said the local government is putting up satellite offices in resettlement sites to bring much needed services to relocated families while committing to work closely with the National Government to speed up resettlement activities.
Resettlement sites located in the northern part of Tacloban are about 14 kilometers away from the city.
“The visit of President Duterte speaks a lot of the government's thrust to ensure that displaced residents gets decent housing... safer, better living condition,” said Gonzales-Romualdez.
“It's an indication that the National Government is there to share the City Government's effort to ensure self-sustaining communities that will nurture the future of Tacloban,” she added.
Duterte visited Tacloban City on January 25 to check the progress of relocation of families from danger zones to permanent housing sites.
Since assuming office in July 2016, Gonzales-Romualdez made the transfer of the displaced to relocation sites her top priority.
In fact, before the November 8, 2016 visit of President Duterte, wherein he issued orders to fast-track Yolanda projects, the City Government-led initiative “Caring, Giving and Reaching Out” has moved close to 3,000 households to northern relocation sites.
The local government has also endeavored to bring much needed utilities, like potable water to the sites that lack basic amenities.
President Duterte issued a stern warning to government agencies involved in Yolanda rehabilitation to complete the transfer of 14,433 Yolanda-hit families in Tacloban City from coastal communities to resettlement sites by March.
He promised to return to Tacloban in March to see if concerned government agencies fulfill their tasks. (PNA)