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The State of Yolanda Reconstruction

MANILA (Agencies) : As the president of the Republic of The Philippines, Noynoy Aquino, was preparing his last State of the Nation Address to be delivered on July 27, a public forum dubbed the State of Yolanda Reconstruction: the Aquino Legacy, asked the nagging question about the state of Yolanda survivors on July 24.

The group wanted to know why the reconstruction programme is so sluggish, stressing the need for government haste in its completion, CBCP News reported.

“The delivery of reconstruction assistance continues to be riddled with infirmities, irregularities and reported misuse of public funds and people’s money, while the majority of the people who bear the brunt of suffering, not only remain poor, but hungry and jobless,” the forum said.

Details the Portrait of the Reconstruction Initiatives in the Areas Affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda, a study initiated by the Canadian Catholic Organisation for Development and Peace, Caritas Philippines, Focus on the Global South and the Freedom from Debt Coalition show that only 2,100 homes had been completed through the government programme at the end of last year.

It pointed out that is far below the targeted 205,128 and blamed the backlog in the construction on the lack of the proper inventory of lands, CBCP News reported.

The report also raised alarm on what appears to be the significant delays in fund releases, which the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Rehabilitation and Recovery itself admitted is a cause for concern.

“Again, this boils down to poor participation and lack of consultation with the people. Poor transparency and lack of accountability—no investigation of abuse and misuse of funds and Yolanda relief assistance,” the group stressed.

 

Caritas Philippines heads the Catholic Church’s largest three-year rehabilitation programme for Yolanda survivors which runs under the title of REACHPhilippines.