SWS releases satisfaction survey on typhoon Yolanda
More than two and a half months after the strongest typhoon to make landfall in recorded history struck the Philippines, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed their special report on typhoon Yolanda.
According to their research, which was conducted 11 to 16 December 2013, 69% of non-victims said they were satisfied with President Benigno S. Aquino III’s performance while 73% of victims said they were satisfied. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said ‘we are further encouraged by and thankful to the many Filipinos— our bosses— who continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with us as we tread the straight path to recovery and progress.’
Two weeks ago, the president met with some members of the Cabinet to receive reports on the progress of the rehabilitation efforts in affected areas. Among those discussed were:
- Rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson’s request to clear the roads faster in Tacloban so that rebuilding efforts can be hastened
- The possible redeployment of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority rescue battalion in Tacloban
- Implementation of rebuilding programmes for destroyed local government unit buildings by Interior and Local Government secretary Manuel Roxas and Public Works and Highways secretary Rogelio Singson
- Japan International Cooperation Agency’s proposed designs on a more disaster-resilient school building
- The Department of Health’s efforts to monitor ‘chikungunya’ or a type of mosquito-bourne disease
- Justice secretary Leila de Lima’s presentation on the National Bureau of Investigation’s report of identification and burial of bodies
- The Department of Science and Technology’s simulation study on storm surges
- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)’s mapping of Yolanda-affected areas for the implementation of the 40-metre no-build zone
- The JICA study on the renovation of the Tacloban City Airport
- The Department of Budget and Management’s recommendations on extending financial assistance to government employees affected by the typhoon
- Recommendations on realignment of department budgets to address problems caused by typhoon Yolanda
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported that around 15,188 survivors have benefitted from their Cash-for-Work (CFW) programme since it started on 24 November. DSWD secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that workers are helping in relief distribution, inventory of damaged properties and rebuilding efforts in the affected areas.
Ninety-three survivors who have fled to Manila in the days after the typhoon have also returned to their homes. Before they left, the survivors who have stayed at the tent city in Villamor Air Base, Pasay have been given relief goods, shelter kits and a pedicab to help them rebuild their lives in their hometowns. the DSWD announced on Tuesday that they are now providing transportation assistance for survivors to return to their hometowns through the Balik-probinsiya programme.
International aid groups also continue to give help to affected towns and barangays in the Visayas. Children’s rights group Unicef announced on Monday that they have made Cebu’s Bantayan and Daanbantayan towns a priority area and added that they will visit 38 other towns and cities soon.
UK-based children’s charity group Plan International has also tightened its watch on child trafficking reports in the country and has alerted the government to step up efforts to curb human trafficking of vulnerable individuals.
As of the estimates by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on 19 January, 6,201 people were reported dead, 1,785 missing and 28,626 were injured by the typhoon. The cost of damages is Php18.33b to infrastructure and P18.35b to agriculture.