By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang has urged Filipinos to stand as one in assessing lessons learned from the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda four years ago.
As the country commemorated the fourth anniversary of the typhoon which caused catastrophic destruction in the Visayas region, leaving around 11 million people affected. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque called for unity and manifestation of resilience Filipinos are known for.
“As we move forward, we must continue to stand united and exhibit the strong and resilient Filipino spirit as we build a better nation where there is comfortable life for all,” Roque said Wednesday morning.
While remembering the tragedy caused by the deadly typhoon, Roque urged Filipinos to keep in mind the lessons learned from it
“As we commemorate the deadliest typhoon which hit the Philippines on record and offer prayers to those who lost their lives, we also keep in mind the lessons learned from such great tragedy,” he said.
“Yolanda is a story of faith and hope that characterized our people as it is an account of tapang at malasakit (bravery and solicitude) that we must demand from our leaders,” he added.
At least 6,300 people were recorded dead due to the onslaught of Yolanda in 2013. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), recorded almost P90 billion worth of damages.
Roque noted the efforts pushed by the Duterte administration on behalf of those affected by the deadly typhoon.
“The Duterte administration has pursued rehabilitation and reconstruction of Yolanda-affected communities. We have rehabilitated seaport and airport facilities and classrooms,” Roque said.
“Our shelter assistance in Tacloban City is the most successful model in the Yolanda Permanent Housing Program with the most number of resettlement houses occupied at 10,703 units from a total housing target of 14,433 houses,” he added.
According to the Palace official, the Chief Executive remains committed to help the typhoon’s victims.
“We join the victims of Yolanda in the crying the very slow rebuilding of Yolanda. And to address this, the President has appointed point persons in the rebuilding of the Yolanda-ravaged communities,” Roque said.
Duterte is bound for Da Nang, Vietnam for the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings.
Special nonworking holiday
Meanwhile, Malacañang has declared November 8, 2017 as a special nonworking holiday in Tacloban City, Leyte to remember the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda.
This was announced Wednesday morning through Proclamation No. 348 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by authority of the President, on Tuesday, November 7.
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