No more vicious cycle of destruction and reconstruction- PNoy
by FFE PH News Staff
“Let me assure you: we know that we cannot allow ourselves to be trapped in a vicious cycle of destruction and reconstruction. We know that it is more efficient to prioritize resilience now, rather than to keep rebuilding. This is why we are going to build back better.”
These are the words of President Benigno Aquino III yesterday during the briefing of the government’s strategic plan in recovering and reconstructing communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
Dubbed as Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda plan (RAY) headed by former Senator Panfilo Lacson, the plan involves not only the transition towards full normalcy in the disaster areas but to elevate them into an improved state.
“Through RAY, we are not just settling for the minimum—we do not want our countrymen merely to make do,” President Aquino said.
During the briefing at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) building in Pasay, the President broke down five key areas RAY would focus on:
- Aside from the ongoing construction of bunkhouses as temporary shelters for the affected families, RAY plans to construct resilient, permanent housing communities in safe zones.
- Stronger infrastructures to be built that could withstand onslaught of disasters.
- Revival of agriculture and fishing industries that employs large population in the Visayas. RAY plans to rebuild or replace assets destroyed by Yolanda and train farmers and fishermen to give them new skills.
- Cash for work programs, opening of lines of credit and mechanisms for financing and support for MSMEs to help the survivors recover. The government will work with private partners to attract investments in affected areas to build more inclusive local economy.
- The constant delivery of health, education, and other essential services in areas as the affected public infrastructures are repaired.
President Aquino said that RAY will focus on critical, immediate investments such as repairing infrastructures and the building of temporary housing until December 2014.
He added that the larger investments will be completed by 2017 or earlier. Aquino’s term will end in 2016.
Despite the grueling and lengthy task of rebuilding, the President said that the overwhelming help from the local and international community spur the government to see RAY to completion.