- NEDA says that 63 percent of Yolanda-related projects are already accomplished
- The agency says that it coordinates all efforts for the rehabilitation projects
- NEDA notes that the P167.86 billion fund requirement will come from the national budget
The Philippine government says that 63 percent of the planned rehabilitation projects for the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) were either already completed or in the process of completion as of the end of 2015.
In an article written by Elizabeth Marcelo for GMA News Online on December 31, it was disclosed that the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) has issued a press statement regarding what the government has already accomplished in the rehabilitation plan.
“The government is making strides in rebuilding resilient communities in the Yolanda corridors in the Visayas regions, as well as in MIMAROPA region, particularly through sustainable infrastructure development and responsive social services,” NEDA Director General Arsenio Balisacan said.
According to the agency, the Overall Weighted Physical Accomplishment (OWPA) rate for Yolanda-related projects now stands at 63 percent, wherein 30 percent have been completed and 33 percent are still on-going.
It also added that the government expects to complete all on-going projects by 2016, especially those that belong to the clusters for resettlement, infrastructure, livelihood and social services.
Meanwhile, NEDA also noted that the P167.86 billion total fund requirement of the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP) that President Benigno Simeon Aquino III signed on October 2014 will be sourced primarily from the national budget.
Prior to NEDA’s role on the CRRP, Aquino first tapped Former Senator Panfilo Lacson to serve as the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) to oversee the government’s operations in Yolanda-affected areas.
However, Lacson rendered his irrevocable resignation from the position in early 2015; saying that it would be better if a permanent government agency will be assigned to work on the matters originally given to him since he may not be able to deal with these projects until the implementation phase.
Aquino then turned to the NEDA to continue Lacson’s work.
“NEDA is intensively coordinating efforts to address these policy and implementation issues with the concerned agencies,” Balisacan said.