- Posted March 3, 2014 by
PNoy celebrates EDSA anniversary in disaster-stricken areas
LEYTE, Philippines – President Benigno S. Aquino III led the celebration of the 28th anniversary of the EDSA People Power in Eastern Visayas, particularly in Tanauan and Tacloban City, which were both badly hit by Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013. The President visited disaster-stricken areas in the Visayas region to celebrate the Filipino’s historic movement of ending dictatorship in the country. He was joined by some of his cabinet secretaries including Corazon Juliano-Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Aquino witnessed the signing of an agreement for building resettlement areas with officials from the National Housing Authority, Department of Public Works and Highways, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, Gawad Kalinga, and Tanauan Local Government Unit. Many of the Yolanda victims identified as recipients of the houses are members of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
In his speech, Aquino lauded the resiliency of Yolanda victims. “Kahit sino makausap ko maraming humahanga sa resiliency ng mga Pilipino… Sa kanila (Yolanda victims) tayo kumukuha ng inspirasyon sa mga hamon sa buhay. (A lot of people admire the resiliency of Filipinos… We get inspiration to face life’s challenges from Yolanda victims.),” he said.
After visiting Tanauan, the president went to Brgy. Cabalawan in Tacloban City for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center, a facility envisioned to provide top-rate medical services in the region.
Earlier he went to Davao, Cebu, and Bohol in Central Visayas to celebrate with the survivors of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that occurred in October.