Aquino wants sustainable rehabilitation of Pablo victims in Mindanao

May 26, 2013 10:12 am 

MANILA, May 25 — President Benigno S. Aquino III wants to make sure assistance is extended to the victims of Typhoon Pablo as he met Task Force Pablo on Friday.

The meeting had several highlights, according to Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

The President wanted to validate further the magnitude of the damage and the problems confronting the two provinces devastated by Typhoon Pablo last December.

“Pinapasigurado ng Pangulo na nakita na natin lahat ng dapat tulungan at lahat naman ng mga areas na kailangan ng alalay ng national government,” Valte said.

Of course, patuloy ang pakikipagtulungan natin doon sa dalawang pamahalaang lokal, doon sa dalawang probinsya para sa assistance natin,” she added, noting the government has already shifted from relief operations to providing assistance in rebuilding and rehabilitation.

Among the hard hit areas include Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

Among the immediate challenges to the government is providing decent shelter for the survivors, food supplies and livelihood.

The government is also concerned about the number of school buildings damaged by the typhoon.

Aside from these major thrusts, the President also wanted to know the impact of the government assistance to other priorities of government particularly with the ongoing programs.

“At ang mahigpit na bilin po ng Pangulo ay kailangan masigurado po natin na ‘yung rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts natin ay sustainable,” she said.

“So apart from lending assistance when it comes to the housing and to the shelters that are needed, pinapatiyak ng Pangulo na kailangan sustainable, at kaagapay nito ‘yung mga livelihood training at pagtulong at paghanap ng ibang puwedeng maging pangkabuhayan doon sa mga lugar na iyon,” she added.(PNA)

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