Duterte extends term of task force leading rehab efforts in Yolanda-hit areas to 2022

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2020   •   237

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the term of the task force that is leading the implementation of rehabilitation projects in areas pummeled by  Category 5 Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan)  in 2013.

Under Administrative Order 33, which Duterte signed on Sept. 16 and released by Malacañang on Monday, the term of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Unified Implementation and Monitoring of Rehabilitation and Recovery Projects and Programs in the Yolanda-affected areas (IATF-Yolanda) was extended to June 30, 2022.

“The IATF-Yolanda shall be deemed dissolved on June 30, 2022, unless it is sooner terminated by the president,” the order read.

The task force’s initial three-year term was supposed to end on August 12, 2020 but it was extended to complete the ongoing rehabilitation works.

Duterte noted that under the Yolanda Permanent Housing Program (YPHP), 129,484 housing units have been completed while 49,112 are undergoing construction (89.3% combined accomplishment rate), and 241 out of the 363 permanent resettlement projects have been energized (66% electrification rate).

“[T]o facilitate the completion of the above projects, as well as the other component programs in the Yolanda Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan, there is a need to extend the term of the IATF-Yolanda,” the order stated.

The chief executive also directed the IATF-Yolanda to publish a final report on its accomplishments, including projects and programs implemented and the total budget utilized prior to its dissolution.

The IATF-Yolanda was created in 2017 to ensure effective and efficient coordination between various government agencies involved in the rehabilitation and recovery projects and programs in areas affected by the typhoon.

Typhoon Yolanda, which is considered as one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded at landfall, ravaged areas in the Visayas when it caused massive storm surges that inundated coastal communities and claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions of people. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

#WalangPasok: Classes, work suspended in Tacloban City, other Leyte towns on Nov. 8 for ‘Yolanda’ anniversary

Robie de Guzman   •   November 7, 2019

(FILE) A file picture dated 21 November 2013 shows Filipino typhoon victims walking past a truck in a tree in the super typhoon devastated city of Tacloban, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, slammed into eastern and central Philippines provinces on 08 November 2013. EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

MANILA, Philippines – Classes in all levels and work in government offices in Tacloban City and other areas in Eastern Visayas have been ordered suspended on Friday, November 8 in commemoration of the sixth anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Class and work suspensions have been announced in the following areas:


  • Palo
  • Tacloban City
  • Tanauan


  • Maasin City

‘Yolanda’ (international name: Haiyan) was dubbed as one of the strongest typhoons to hit the land.

More than 6,000 people were killed or went missing while 14 million individuals were affected after the monster storm struck and triggered storm surges that wiped out communities in the Visayas in 2013.

DILG says 3 million Typhoon Yolanda-affected households benefit from P1.278-B projects

Robie de Guzman   •   August 7, 2019

Yolanda housing units

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday said that close to three million households are benefiting from the P1.278-billion worth of repaired and rehabilitated municipal facilities across five regions affected by the Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said around 308 facilities were rehabilitated under the first batch of the department’s Recovery Assistance for Yolanda (RAY) program. Of the said number, 98 are civic centers, 103 municipal halls, 106 public markets, and one DILG Regional Field Office.

“With the completed municipal facilities, we are very optimistic that our new sets of municipal leaders in the Yolanda-affected areas can now provide normal government services to their constituents,” Año said.

To facilitate the return to normalcy of government services and economic activities in Yolanda-affected areas, the DILG said RAY Batch 1 covers the repair or rehabilitation of totally or partially damaged municipal facilities in Regions 4B, 5, 6, 7, and 8 that are located within the 50-kilometer radius of the typhoon’s path.

Of the 308 completed projects, seven are in MIMAROPA, one in Bicol Region, 127 in Western Visayas, 28 in Central Visayas, and 145 in Eastern Visayas.

“With RAY Batch 1 now 100% complete, the Department now shifts its focus in monitoring the on-going barangay facilities and other government projects under the RAY Batch 2 and 3A,” Año said.

The DILG chief also clarified they are only handling the repair of local government facilities and not the housing program as this is handled by other national government agencies.

DENR continues to push for mangrove planting

UNTV News   •   September 6, 2017

FILE PHOTO: Mga bakawan o mangroves (ALLAN MANANSALA / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is continuously pushing for the periodic planting of mangrove in the country.

For this year, the DENR targets to plant mangrove in the more than 5 thousand hectares of swamps, especially in areas that are frequently hit by typhoons.

After the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda, more than 50,000 hectares have been planted with mangroves from 2013 to 2015.

The DENR said mangroves along the coastlines help decrease, by a big percentage, the dangers brought by typhoons, storm surges or even tsunamis.

Mangrove planting is part of the National Greening Program wherein the government spends P50,000 per hectare.

“Mangroves provides shelter and protection to the community. In fact study shows they a kilometer wide of mangrove areas can reduce the tsunamis by 70% when it comes to strength,” said Henry Adoraro, director of Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau. – UNTV News & Rescue


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