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    Phl to reconstruct typhoon-ravaged areas

    A Philippine official on Friday said the government remains committed to helping typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) survivors get back on their feet despite criticisms from some groups that it hasn’t done enough for them to start normal lives.
    Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said those criticism were just political statements and the government won’t be cowed by such negative assessments.
    “We will not be deterred by those political statements. Our responsibility is to bring them back on their feet. There will always be criticisms but our determination will never diminish, will not wane, because that is our responsibility,” Lacierda said.
    He stressed that the government’s responsibility is to restore them, to bring them back to build back better.
    “Our resiliency comes not only from the people but from the government itself,” Lacierda further said.
    He said the administration is committed to reconstruct typhoon-devastated areas and it will always be a priority for the government.
    But Lacierda also said normalization will not happen overnight and the government expects reconstruction and rehabilitation works to take several years.
    The good thing is that the government is doing everything and the private sector is also extending assistance, the Palace official said.
    Quoting reconstruction czar Secretary Panfilo Lacson, Lacierda said the private sector has already made commitments in a number of private sector initiatives.
    “On the part of government, we have the DPWH, DOH, DSWD, all the necessary resources of government to respond to the needs of the typhoon Yolanda victims. It's for you to decide but whether you agree or not, our decision is to continue to help the people affected by typhoon Yolanda,” Lacierda said.
    President Benigno S. Aquino III is expected to tour calamity-affected areas in the country next week to see the progress of the government rehabilitation initiatives.
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