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Phl president signs recovery plan
In his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA), the President said he signed this month the Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan for the provinces of Central Philippines, which were devastated by typhoon “Yolanda” in November last year.
The plan, which passed the stringent assessment of the Cabinet cluster, will help the typhoon victims begin new lives, he said.
The Chief Executive also thanked the countries that assisted the Philippines in its rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of the super typhoon that killed more than 6,000 people.
Typhoon Yolanda, recorded as the strongest typhoon in history, affected 1.4 million Filipino families in 44 provinces in the country. Eastern Visayas was the most severely hit.
While the government rehabilitates typhoon-affected areas in the Visayas, he said it is also focusing on the welfare of communities devastated by the Zamboanga siege in September last year.
The government is already carrying out the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction, the President said, adding that this August, families affected by the conflict will start occupying permanent shelters built by the government in Martha Drive Subdivision.
The government aims to complete a total of 7,176 houses in different locations by June next year, the President reported, apologizing for the delays because of concerns in finding relocations sites.
"Tinitiyak din nating ang mga tahanang ito ay sumasang-ayon sa pangangailangan ng kanilang relihiyon at kultura, kaya't hindi pangkaraniwan ang mga ito," he noted.
For the 1,661 families who want to reconstruct their own homes, the government has released P30,000 for each of them under the Home Materials Assistance program, the President said.
The government has allotted P3.5 billion to fix infrastructure, buy land, and build permanent shelters in Zamboanga City. Of that amount, he said that P2.5 billion was released to the National Housing Authority and the Department of Public Works and Highways.