The Philippines, 3 Months After Typhoon Haiyan

At least one dies daily in the camps, according to the website of the Catholic Dioceses in Asia, in a post dated 17 February this year.

Last September, fighting broke out “between the Military and the Moro National Liberation Front.” Two months later, the typhoon hit.

81 died in the Zamboanga camps last week, according to Father Crisologo Manongas.  “More than half of those are children.”

In typhoon-ravaged Eastern Samar, where the typhoon struck first, there is little to be seen of government rehabilitation efforts.

“Continuing our rehabilitation efforts is our number one priority,” President Benigno Aquino said at a recent gathering of the Philippines Investment Forum in Metro-Manila.  “Through our people’s continued support and appreciation, and through the aid of our friends in the international community, we have been able to make progress and respond to our people’s immediate needs.”

Bishop Crispin Varquez of Borongan, one of the devastated towns, said that the “typhoon victims have yet to see . . .  rehabilitation programmes despite the appointment of Senator Panfilo Lacson as Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery.”

“Aside from . . .  controversial bunkhouses, the government’s concrete rehabilitation programmes are yet to be seen, Bishop Varquez said.”

Meanwhile, the President “assured investors that “our rehabilitation efforts dovetail seamlessly into our plans for the economy in the medium and long term.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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