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‘Filipino-typhoon survivors live in caves’
FORMER senator and now Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Panfilo Lacson on Thursday said some of typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) survivors are now living in caves.
Lacson issued the statement as the Philippine government is rushing the construction of bunkhouses in typhoon-ravaged Leyte and Samar provinces in Central Philippines.
Up to now, he said, many people affected by “Yolanda” still lack the basics, citing the case of some people in parts of Samar who are forced to live in caves.
Lacson said his office has adopted an understudy that will continue its work even after the Aquino administration ends on June 30, 2016.
“We have no other option but at least to have substantial compliance, 85 to 90 percent by June 30, 2016. But we are also engaging an understudy that will continue our work after our terms end,” he said.
Lacson stressed that his office hopes to see some structures built in the next six months to one year and will continue to coordinate with the private sector, including the foreign sponsors on the rehabilitation work.
He reassured residents and local government officials in the affected areas that his office will remain color-blind as far as political affiliation is concerned.
“One thing I learned in this job is being color-blind. We’re dealing with different political personalities, and I always emphasize to them when I talk to them not to worry because we work with you regardless of your political color,” he said.