- Posted February 9, 2013 by
Building back better movement inspires thousands to rally for support
Drumbeating the provincial government’s crusade of building up better and improved communities, the provincial government encourages everyone to take their part in a society that can work together to rebuild and recover from the disaster that tore down the three towns in Davao Oriental’s coastal towns.
“The Building Back Better phase is perhaps is the most difficult stage in all our reconstruction and development efforts but certainly the most challenging one,” she said. “We have chosen this as our buzzword to describe our dream of making the three hardly-hit towns better than what it had been before, where beauty is restored and enhanced, hearts are transformed and lives are improved,” said Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon.
“Also called the BBB Movement, this crusade urges people whether directly or indirectly affected by Pablo or who simply feel a sense of concern and responsibility towards helping the typhoon victims to take part in the reconstruction and development efforts through the spirit of volunteerism,” she said.
According to Governor Malanyaon, the movement is composed of different clusters with different areas of focus and concerns, but will work in a way that would complement each other. These clusters include shelter, health, education, environment, infrastructures, among many others.
Other tasks for this phase include incorporating land use and sectoral replanning while laying emphasis on the mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation concerns.
Also, this movement involves the major reconstruction activities of infrastructures and facilities, while exploring and opening new opportunities for permanent livelihood and pursuing the development of new industries, which Governor Malanyaon vowed to lay focus on for the next three years.
Giving priority in building communities, resettlement sites are already being identified for the construction of permanent shelters. “Of the estimated 30,000 affected families, 50% or about 15,000 families will be prioritized as beneficiaries of permanent shelters. This estimated number accounts for the poorest of the poor, the informal settlers and those living in geo-hazard danger zones that do not have the capacity to put up their own homes,” she said.
While bidding for a holistic transformation, the provincial government is also pushing for moral recovery that urges people to instill moral decency and to practice the value of gratitude towards the people who have offered them help. “We need to adopt values that we can take pride in. That even that we are suffering, we have to emerge as better persons,” said Gov. Malanyaon. “It means we have to comply with a lot of laws and rules that were once violated. If the law states not to build in ‘no build zone areas’ then I don’t think we should insist in disobeying this regulation.”
“We exhort you to take a lead in this reconstruction and development efforts as we together take the challenge of building back better,” she said. by Karen Lou Deloso, Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan