Yolanda rehab boost pledged

November 09, 2018
Martin Romualdez
Martin Romualdez

TACLOBAN City -- LAKAS-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) President Martin Romualdez yesterday vowed to work on appropriating more funds to build adequate housing units, provide potable water and electricity supply, and other basic needs of Yolanda victims.

During Thursday’s 5th year commemoration of the super typhoon Yolanda onslaught, Romualdez said he will prioritize more funds for Yolanda victims on his congressional bid next year for the incoming 18th Congress.

“We will work in Congress to pour more resources to address the acute housing backlog in the country, including for Yolanda survivors,” said Romualdez, a former House Independent Bloc Leader of the previous 16th Congress and a three-term Leyte congressman, who led here the commemoration of Yolanda, one of the strongest typhoon that hit the country on record,.

Romualdez, a lawyer and President of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), welcomed former special assistant to the president Christopher “Bong” Go’s reiteration of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s order to all government agencies involved in the Yolanda recovery and rehabilitation programs to expedite more developments in the Yolanda-hit areas.

Go admitted that until now, some of the rehabilitation efforts are still delayed and need to be completed as soon as possible.

He was one of Romualdez’s guests during last Wednesday’s signing of the coalition alliance of the Lakas-CMD, Tingog Sinirangan party-list group of Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez, and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) regional party for the May 2019 midterm poll.

Romualdez, 1st Dist. Representative Yedda Romualdez’s husband, expressed confidence that the concerns of many Yolanda victims and even millions of Filipinos who have continued to live in cramped, unsanitary structures in unsafe, and hazardous locations will be addressed under the Duterte administration.

“In giving shelters to them (Yolanda victims and informal settlers), we should ensure that the area is livable and accessible. Meaning their jobs and livelihood are assured and protected. Relocating them to areas far from their workplaces is an exercise in futility and won’t address the housing woes. I believe this government can address the problem,” Martin Romualdez pointed out, adding road and water access and basic infrastructures are needed to realize a successful socialized-housing program.

“I believe that President Duterte can provide dignified shelters for calamity victims especially the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda,” Mrs. Romualdez, first nominee of Tingog Sinirangan party-list group, for her part said.

Go appealed to agencies handling the remaining uncompleted projects using Yolanda funds to fast-track their implementation as ordered by the President shortly after he assumed the highest post of the land in 2016.