Aquino government welcomes plan of international community to implement ‘Adopt-a-Community' program

November 18, 2013 7:18 am 

MANILA, Nov. 17 — The Aquino government welcomed the plan of the international community to implement 'Adopt-a-Community" program to restore normalcy in regions hit by super typhoon "Yolanda" (internationally known as Haiyan), Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said on Sunday.

"Welcome din po ang mga inisyatibang ‘yan, lalong-lalo na kung makikipag-ugnayan sa ating mga local government units (LGUs), sapagkat mahalaga po ‘yan doon sa maayos na pagsasagawa ng mga programang pang-kalinga, Coloma said in an interview aired over government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

The international community is eyeing an "Adopt-a-Community" scheme to help communities in Leyte, Samar and other areas to recover in wake of the destruction wrought by Typhoon Yolanda.

Coloma encouraged the international community to coordinate with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) which is also eyeing to implement "Adopt-a-City/Town" program for typhoon-ravaged communities.

"Ang mga alkalde ng lahat ng 17 lungsod sa Metro Manila ay naglunsad ng programang "Adopt an LGU" na naglalayong tulungan at bigyang agapay ng bawat LGU ang mga bayang nasalanta bilang paghahanda sa rehabilitasyon at pagbabagong-tatag ng mga nasalantang pamayanan," the Communications Secretary said.

The project entails Metro Manila cities "adopting" two or more localities affected by Yolanda. Last November 14, the 17 local government officials of the Metro Manila identified which localities were most in need of "adoption."

"Maaari rin po ‘yang pangasiwaan ng ating Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, meron din po tayong League of Municipalities, League of Cities, at meron pang League of Vice Mayors," Coloma said.

"Masinsin naman po ang pakikipag-ugnayan ng ating mga lokal na ehekutibo at lokal na pamahalaan. Wala pong dahilan kung bakit hindi po mapapaigting ‘yan, lalong-lalo na sa kasalukuyang panahon ng kalamidad," he said. (PNA)

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