Rehab for ‘Pablo’ victims to continue, Coloma says

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 July)—The rehabilitation of those severely affected by super typhoon Pablo last December remains a top priority of the government, Presidential Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said on Friday.

Speaking at the Hermes Club Insulares Forum at Waterfront Insular Hotel here, Coloma cited the efforts of Task Force Pablo, an inter-agency body addressing the rehabilitation needs in the provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

“Inaassemble na po yung mga [They are assembling the] resources and funding and there are working groups to map out how it would be implemented,” he said.

He also said that there is still a need to comply with government regulations on procurement, bidding and other procedures before they can spend “substantial amount of money.”

“But I can assure you that this is being given priority attention,” Coloma added.

Apart from the rehabilitation efforts, Coloma said that they are improving the capabilities of local governments in disaster risk reduction and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

What happened in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental was greatly unexpected, and we want to prevent further damage to properties there by improving their capabilities against disasters, he said.

“There has been no proper preparation since those provinces have not been affected by typhoons in the last 100 years,” he said. (Florienne Melendrez/MindaNews)