Lacson says 85% of ‘Yolanda’ rehabilitation can be achieved by 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 April 2014 11:16

At least 85 to 90 percent of the rehabilitation work in ‘Yolanda’-affected communities can be accomplished before President Benigno S. Aquino III steps down from Malacañang in 2016.

Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson made the statement Wednesday, nearly five months since the super typhoon destroyed most parts of the Visayan region.

“I am very confident that we can accomplish this job… by 2016,” he said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel’s ‘Headstart’.

Lacson said he is set to present the ‘master rehabilitation plan’ for the President’s approval this June and that its full implementation may be expected by the end of the year.

He said permanent houses for displaced families are already being built with the help of private sector sponsors, such as Gawad Kalinga, Habitat Community, and the ABS-CBN Foundation.

He estimated that more than P20 billion has been poured in from private sector companies and multilateral agencies in aid of the government’s rehabilitation program, but noted that the amount did not pass through the administration.

Lacson said he no longer minds the criticisms they get from the public every once in a while, and that they will just do their job as best as they could to meet the 85 percent target.

“Mga 85 percent. I’ll be fully satisfied. Para naman may maiwan doon sa next administration na tapusin nila… Basta’t sige lang trabaho,” Lacson said.