Three years after the destructive super-typhoon Yolanda brought havoc on Tacloban and other parts of Eastern Visayas not much relief, appeasement if you may, has been experienced by still many of those affected.
It is very ironic, indeed, when you think of the help and assistance given and extended by many countries and humanitarian organizations, both monetary and in kind, in the aftermath and the seemingly implementable programs and projects of the government which were put in place, yet to this day all have become nothing but another devastating disaster for the afflicted.
Again the reason could simply be the lack of political will and the dysfunctional government of former Pres. Benigno Aquino who could not keep things moving in improving the plight of the Yolanda victims.
Aquino is not a corrupt person and was not a corrupt president but the problem with him is that he had so much faith in his Cabinet members to put into action his well-intentioned programs for Yolanda rehabilitation and never had the presidential courage to criticize and/or dismiss those performing below par.
It is no wonder, therefore, that new Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Romualdez has been urging her constituents who were scarred during Yolanda to continue holding on and keep their faith in the Lord.
What the good mayor simply meant is that there is more hope having faith in the Lord than relying on having faith at the Aquino government whose members had few rotten performers.
No wonder Sen. Panfilo Lacson who was, then, designated rehabilitation czar resigned. Just to give you a glimpse as to why the Yolanda rehabilitation, among others, was a failure please visit this link: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/709859/lacson-blames-dbm-for-yolanda-failings.
It is no wonder, too, that President Rodrigo Duterte, during his visit to Tacloban for the third anniversary of Yolanda, expressed his disappointment and frustration over the inadequacies of the rehabilitation project, especially where housing, water supply, livelihood, etc., are concern.
Duterte was referring the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), National Housing Authority (NHA) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), which are all involved in the Yolanda reconstruction work.
“When you are paid eight hours to do your work, work for eight hours, do not shortchange the public”, Duterte said, with a warning that he would fire them if they would further delay the rehabilitation works.
Let us also remember that it was Duterte who appointed Vice President Leni Robredo to head the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and she is doing an excellent job despite her limited budget.
What I am just saying here is that the Yolanda victims have been seen and heard by Duterte, who assured them that they will be taken care of by government and that they will have something to look forward to in year’s time.
Thus, Duterte, who even has to complete his 200 days in office yet, is the best thing that has ever happened to Yolanda victims.