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THE administration said it remains determined to carry out rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts in areas affected by typhoon "Yolanda" and appealed to all sectors to work together.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Sunday said the Aquino administration has not lost its sense of urgency and will not waver in its rebuilding initiatives.
“We’re determined to face that,” Coloma said, adding that civic organizations and individuals who were not affected by the calamity should also help.
He said sense of urgency is severe and the government is open to any suggestions how to improve its rehabilitation efforts.
With regards to groups calling for a dialogue with Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, Coloma said the secretary is ready to meet with these groups to discuss relief efforts in affected communities.
He said that since the disaster struck, Secretary Soliman has observed hands-on approach to help the survivors. But he noted that the people should also consider the magnitude of the problem — with typhoon Yolanda affecting 44 provinces and 171 municipalities and cities. Overall, there are some 17 million people devastated by the typhoon, he said.
“It’s no joke providing them (victims) with permanent dwellings, transferring them to safe areas and the distribution of relief goods for those in the evacuation centers and temporary shelters,” he said.
Coloma said four months after the disaster, the government remains determined to rebuild affected areas. He noted, however, that because of the severity of the problem, there are areas that may not get enough help.
“And the government needs public assistance to get information from areas not receiving sufficient government support,” Coloma said.