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Typhoon Yolanda relief efforts shifts focus to the Future

by FFE PH News staff


Malacañang announced yesterday that the Philippine government is now shifting its relief efforts in the Visayas to rebuilding and rehabilitation.



Presidential Spokesman Sonny Coloma.


Presidential spokesman Sonny Coloma Junior announced that President Aquino has formed a task group that will present a comprehensive rehabilitation programme to the Cabinet before 27 November. He added that the president ‘directed the Cabinet yesterday to hasten the transition of relief efforts into the full-scale rehabilitation and rebuilding of typhoon-damaged areas.


‘The President emphasised to the Cabinet that a fine-tuned plan responsive to specific needs at the community level is necessary.


‘He also said that it is important to enable the people to attain greater self-reliance while participating in the rebuilding of their communities.’


Energy secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla, who was Leyte province’s former governor, was assigned as co-ordinator for the task group and the Cabinet. Cabinet secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras was assigned to supervise the group. Here are the Cabinet members and their assignments:


Power restoration


  • Energy secretary Petilla


Shelters and reconstruction


  • Public Works secretary Rogelio L. Singson


Livelihood and employment


  • Agriculture secretary Proceso J. Alcala
  • Trade secretary Gregory L. Domingo
  • Labour secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz
  • Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) director Joel J. Villanueva


Settlement and psycho-social care


  • Social Welfare secretary Dinky J. Soliman


Environmental protection


  • Environment secretary Ramon J.P. Paje


Resource generation and allocation


  • Foreign Affairs secretary Albert F. del Rosario
  • Budget secretary Florencio B. Abad
  • Finance secretary Cesar V. Purisima


Local government unit co-ordination and mobilisation


  • Interior secretary Mar A. Roxas II
  • Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) governor Aurelio M. Umali


Socioeconomic Planning secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) will be in charge of consolidating the programmes and submitting them to the president and the Cabinet.




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