Typhoon Haiyan Rebuilding Plan: Approved One Year After Disaster



One year after Typhoon Haiyan, while there are still many people who have dwindling hopes with regards to what will happen in their lives, President Aquino has finally approved the rebuilding plan of the areas hit by the typhoon. The entire plan has an overall cost of $3.74 billion dollars. Concerned citizens, however, have called upon the public to scrutinize how the fund is going to be spent to prevent any corruption and to make sure it will be spent on the intended outputs based on what has been specified in the plan reviewed and approved.


A Look Back


In November 8, 2013, the Philippines suffered from a super typhoon, which has left 8,000 people missing or dead. It has also led into displacing more than four million people, who still do not have permanent place of residence up to this date. During the typhoon 90% of Tacloban has been wiped out as it was hit by storm surges with height of up to 7 meters. From the time the disaster has happened, the country has received an overwhelming amount of pledges from different countries. This is one of those times wherein the Filipino people felt how much they are loved by the rest of the world.


The Rehabilitation Plan


In a nutshell, the plan that has been signed by President Aquino recently has involved improvements in housing, public infrastructure, and social services, among others. Amidst the concerns of other people on how the funds can be possibly abused, it has been ensured that the government will make sure it will go to the right places.


The plan is centered on the principle of build back better, which necessitates the need to not only address short-term goals, but also the long-term objectives of the government to avoid the same fate in the future. This involves strengthening communities to develop enhanced preparedness to avoid untimely deaths. This is in recognition of the fact that most deaths resulted from ignorance or from failing to follow the instructions that have been released by the government and relevant agencies.


From the specifications in the plan, the focus of the government would be the building of houses to give people permanent residents away from the areas that most vulnerable to disaster. However, while a big part of the budget will be all about building houses, the plan also include building of roads, which will help to improve business activities within the area. According to the data released by the government, only 6 of the 43 damaged ports have been repaired so far. More so, out of the 19,600 classrooms only 213 have been repaired and 3 of the 34 bridges damaged have been restored. By taking a look at these numbers, it is very easy to assume how the government may have lacked in efforts. The government, on the other hand, has repeatedly claimed how they have been active in thinking of ways to bring back the lives of those who are affected by the typhoon. With the approval of the plan, new hopes have been given birth as well.

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