Press Release
March 4, 2013

Cayetano wants faster rehab efforts for Sendong victims

"We need to speed up rehabilitation efforts and also get to the bottom of where the funds for the rehabilitation programs from both international and local donors have gone," Senator Alan Cayetano stressed today while visiting the victims of Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro as part of his nationwide Listening Tour.

Cayetano made this assertion as he referred to reports from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) that over P35 Billion of rehabilitation projects for Sendong-affected areas remained unfunded or without approval as of June 2012.

"After contributing to relief efforts, i am here to find out how we can assist as well in terms of rehabilitation efforts for the victims," Cayetano said. The senator himself donated P4 Million from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to Sendong survivors, with P2.5 Million allocated for those in Cagayan de Oro and P1.5 Million for those in Iligan City.

After hearing the problems of over 3,000 households at Balangay P-noy, Canitoan - the Gawad Kalinga site for Sendong victims, Cayetano said that the local government should consider increasing livelihood and technical-skills development programs while addressing other issues such as infrastructure rebuilding.

"We need more programs that will assist typhoon victims in getting back on their feet, back to their old jobs or businesses," he said.

Cayetano shared how in Taguig City, where he was congressman for one term and where his wife is now mayor, the local government created livelihood programs for its residents.

"We had similar problems in Taguig twenty years ago. But we created a rehabilitation program for our residents wherein we engaged them in livelihood programs such as candle making, soap making, sewing shirts, or cooking balut," Cayetano shared. "Ngayon nakabangon na sila (Now our residents are productive members of the community)."

Cayetano is continuing his nationwide Listening Tour as part of his platform focusing on addressing issues related to PiTiK: Presyo, Trabaho, Kita.

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