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ROBREDO: 3 YEARS AFTER YOLANDA OVER 200,000 FAMILIES STILL HOMELESS
(“Funding is not the problem, but the requirements of government agencies such as the policy on converting agricultural land to residential,” she said.)

[RELATED: At Yolanda anniversary, Duterte teases Robredo about short skirt]
[RELATED(2) Duterte: Joke about Robredo ‘necessary to make people laugh’]


NOVEMBER 8 -Families light candles and offer prayers for victims of Yolanda in Fatima Village, Tacloban City yesterday. Today marks three years since the super typhoon smashed into the city and much of Eastern Visayas, leaving at least 6,000 dead and thousands more missing. EDD GUMBAN
Exactly three years to the day Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) slammed into the country, over 200,000 families are still in makeshift shelters without power and water, Vice President Leni Robredo disclosed. Robredo, who chairs the Housing and Urban Development Council (HUDCC), yesterday said many survivor families live in temporary shelters under poor conditions. As of Sept. 30, 29,661 housing units have been constructed while 20,287 were partially completed. READ MORE...RELATED, At Yolanda anniversary, Duterte teases Robredo about short skirt...  RELATED(2)Duterte: Joke about Robredo ‘necessary to make people laugh’...

ALSO: Duterte not satisfied with Yolanda housing efforts
(Duterte apologized: "Ako po ay nanghihingi ng tawad sa inyo," he said. "In the fullness of God's time, I'll be back December. By December, gusto ko makalipat na silang lahat," the President said)

[RELATED: Protests mark ‘Yolanda’ anniversary in Panay]


NOVEMBER 9 -President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday criticized the government's rehabilitation efforts for the survivors of 2013's supertyphoon Yolanda, especially on providing shelters. Speaking in a mass grave for victims of Yolanda in Tacloban City, the President asked why only a few houses have been built for the displaced residents. "Three years after, iilang tao pa lang nakatira sa bunkhouses? It’s BS to me. I am not satisfied. Three years, wala pay nakabalhin kaayo [only a few moved to a house]," Duterte said. READ MORE...RELATED,
Protests mark ‘Yolanda’ anniversary in Panay...

ALSO: IN TACLOBAN - Duterte spoke of bringing back Alunan doctrine on private armed groups
("That called for setting the rule that more than 2 armed men moving or assembling in a group constitute a private army that must be broken up and disarmed. It also called for the recovery of loose firearms throughout the country," Alunan wrote)
[RELATED: DSWD releases Status Report on ‘Yolanda’ Funds and Shelters for survivors]
[RELATED(2): Gov’t fast-tracking ‘Yolanda’ fund distribution — Palace]


NOVEMBER 8 -PRE-ELECTION PHOTO: ALUNAN for Senator AND DUTERTE for President: Alunan was Duterte's choice for Special Envoy to China had FVR declined the offer. President Rodrigo Duterte mulls putting back the Alunan doctrine in force. In his speech commemorating the third anniversary of supertyphoon Yolanda's onslaught in Tacloban City, Duterte said he wants to limit the private armed groups of politicians. "I will return the Alunan doctrine. The doctrine says more than three bodyguards including you kapag may armas ka, that's a private army, and you will be arrested," Duterte said. READ MORE...RELATED, DSWD releases Status Report on ‘Yolanda’ Funds and Shelters for survivors...RELATED(2) Gov’t fast-tracking ‘Yolanda’ fund distribution — Palace...

ALSO: Tacloban marks 3rd Yolanda Anniversary with solemn rites [RELATED: Unfulfilled promises hound 'Yolanda' survivors 3 years after]


NOVEMBER 7 IMAGE FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF TACLOBAN
Tacloban City – The City Government of Tacloban will mark the 3rd Anniversary of Yolanda on November 7 and 8 with a simple, yet solemn commemoration. Highlight of the anniversary activities is the Commemorative Program to be attended by National, City Government officials and foreign dignitaries at the Yolanda Memorial, Tacloban Astrodome Grounds. On the eve of the anniversary, November 7, 3:00 in the afternoon a wreath laying ceremony will be held at Holy Cross Memorial Cemetery Mass Grave in Basper. The gravesite located 12 kilometers north of the City is where more than 2,000 Yolanda fatalities are buried. A mass at the Anibong Shipwreck Memorial will follow at 6:00 p.m. READ MORE...RELATED, Unfulfilled promises hound 'Yolanda' survivors 3 years after...

ALSO: P20B Yolanda housing fund for 2016 not released by PNoy govt [As Tacloban commemorates 3rd year anniversary of ‘Yolanda,” Mayor Romualdez tells survivors to keep faith]


NOVEMBER 8 -SUPERTYPHOON “Yolanda” survivors line up for water after the devastation in Leyte province. This photo was taken on Nov. 9, 2013. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA
As survivors of Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ struggled to find permanent shelter, the Aquino government failed to release P20 billion allocated for 2016 for housing assistance to typhoon victims, according to data released by a senator as the country marked the third year when the storm devastated Eastern and Central Visayas. Senator Loren Legarda said Congress allocated P25.6 billion housing assistance for Yolanda victims under the 2016 budget of the National Housing Authority (NHA) but the government had not released P20.7 billion as of June this year.
READ MORE....RELATED, As Tacloban commemorates 3rd year anniversary of ‘Yolanda,” Mayor Romualdez tells survivors to keep faith...


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3 years after Yolanda: Over 200,000 families still homeless - Robredo


NOVEMBER 8 -Families light candles and offer prayers for victims of Yolanda in Fatima Village, Tacloban City yesterday. Today marks three years since the super typhoon smashed into the city and much of Eastern Visayas, leaving at least 6,000 dead and thousands more missing. EDD GUMBAN

MANILA, NOVEMBER 7, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Helen Flores November 8, 2016 - Exactly three years to the day Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) slammed into the country, over 200,000 families are still in makeshift shelters without power and water, Vice President Leni Robredo disclosed.

Robredo, who chairs the Housing and Urban Development Council (HUDCC), yesterday said many survivor families live in temporary shelters under poor conditions.

As of Sept. 30, 29,661 housing units have been constructed while 20,287 were partially completed.

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“Only 4,278 occupied permanent houses as of Sept. 30,” the Vice President said at a press briefing in her Quezon City office.


VP ROBREDO

Robredo cited the case of Palawan, where she said not even one of the 8,000 houses needed has been built so far.

“What makes their situation worse is they were hit by a fire last week. Some of them stay in a covered court, while others are inside a gym,” she said.

Robredo has repeatedly blamed bureaucratic red tape for the delay in the construction of permanent shelters in Yolanda-ravaged areas.

“Funding is not the problem, but the requirements of government agencies such as the policy on converting agricultural land to residential,” she said.

She also cited the requirement of the National Housing Authority (NHA) to have land titles first before approving construction of the houses.

FAST-TRACKING ORDER BY VP

But this will no longer be the case after Robredo signed last week an agreement with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and NHA to fast-track the construction of permanent houses for Yolanda survivors and informal settlers.

The MOA will expedite the processing and issuance of certificates of tax exemptions for the transfer of lands intended for socialized housing projects to the NHA, while the BIR commits to eliminate unnecessary documentary requirements under the agreement.

Robredo noted that some of the relocation areas lack livelihood opportunities and basic utilities like water and electricity.

Robredo also said she would meet with Tacloban Mayor Cristina Romualdez today to discuss these matters.

The lack of livelihood in the relocation areas, she said, may increase the chance of people returning to danger zones closer to the city.

RESOLVE BACKLOG BY 2016

The Vice President aims to resolve the backlog in housing for Yolanda victims by the end of 2018.

“I think if we just focused (on the relocation) we can still finish it despite the delay,” she said.

DSWD: 62% of homes not yet done Meanwhile, the Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD) said their ongoing investigation found that 62 percent of the permanent homes funded by cash donations and by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are not yet constructed.

DSWD said among the primary causes of delay in the construction of core shelters was the failure of local government units to secure land where the core shelters for the disaster survivors are to be built.

DSWD CRITICAL OF AQUINO LEADERSHIP ON YOLANDA VICTIMS

“It was shameful because we are all aware of how much the survivors have already suffered during and after Typhoon Yolanda, and yet we were unable to provide for what was promised them – safe houses they can rest in as they try to recover from the extreme stress and trauma they suffered,” said DSWD assistant secretary Aleli Bawagan.

“Many of them lost their loved ones; most of them lost all they have worked for until the typhoon struck. The least that should have been done to help them was to ensure that they have safe and comfortable houses; we failed to do this,” she added.

The DSWD also admitted that the cash-for-work assistance given by the department to survivors was “not enough.” Many beneficiary-families were not able to focus on their house construction because they need to earn their daily income.

The resettlement sites for the core shelters were also far from the town proper, making suppliers of construction materials hesitant to bid for the contracts to build the core shelters.

The DSWD under Secretary Judy Taguiwalo has been critical of the previous department leadership’s handling of recovery and rehabilitation.

Taguiwalo blamed the previous measures of the DSWD to enforce the disaster resilience policy of the Aquino administration meant mainly to discourage the building of settlements in areas prone to environmental hazards such as flooding, storm surge, landslide and fault lines.

Taguiwalo had ordered a review of the status of donations and other funds that the department received for its relief and rehabilitation efforts with Yolanda survivors.

She said that she has been receiving complaints from various individuals and organizations regarding their negative experiences with DSWD during the distribution of relief goods as well as during the recovery and rehabilitation period. – With Miriam Desacada, Rhodina Villanueva, Rainier Allan Ronda

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At Yolanda anniversary, Duterte teases Robredo about short skirt Rappler.com Published 12:38 AM, November 09, 2016 Updated 9:16 AM, November 09, 2016

'Where she goes, I follow.... She's a widow. I'm annulled,' President Duterte says of the Vice President, his housing czar, to the delight of typhoon survivors in Tacloban


YOLANDA ANNIVERSARY. President Rodrigo Duterte is joined by Vice President Leni Robredo and Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Romualdez during the 3rd anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City on November 8, 2016. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

MANILA, Philippines – At the commemoration of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Tacloban City on Tuesday, November 8, President Rodrigo Duterte managed to declare his admiration for Vice President Leni Robredo, even as he set deadlines for agencies involved in the rehabilitation of areas ravaged 3 years ago.

Speaking before survivors of the typhoon, Duterte joked that among the reasons he attended the event was because Robredo was there. The Vice President is his housing secretary. (READ: Robredo eyes completion of Yolanda housing by 2018)

"Kung saan siya nagapunta, nagsunod-sunod ako," said Duterte, eliciting laughter from the crowd. (Where she goes, I follow.)

Duterte went on to explain: "Biyuda kasi. Annulled man ako. 'Yan totoo, annulled ako sa asawa ko. May anak ako, pero basta masuportahan lang, okay na 'yun." (She's a widow. I'm annulled. That's true, I'm annulled from my wife. I have a child [by another woman], but as long as I support the child, it's okay)

The President, who has made no secret of his "admiration" for women, then began teasing the widowed Vice President over rumors that she had a boyfriend.

"Kung totoo 'yan, ma'am, eh may papatayin na congressman na bago para mabiyuda ulit (If that’s true, ma'am, another congressman will be killed so you'll be a widow again).”

Robredo is the widow of former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, who was part of the previous administration's Cabinet. Robredo is currently Duterte's housing czar.

The Vice President was seen laughing and partly covering her face as Duterte made these remarks.

The President's jokes

"Ganoon talaga si Ma’am Leni, binibiro ko 'yan (I always tease Ma'am Leni). You know when the talks get boring and the arguments start, I always enter a joke," said Duterte before he paused, seemingly to ask permission from Robredo.

"Sabihin ko kaya, ma'am (Do I tell them, ma'am)?" he asked.

Robredo laughed in response.

"Kasi si Ma'am Leni, medyo shorter than usual 'yung damit na ano gano'n. Siguro nahalata ng mga protocol officer kasi sige ako sa likod. Si Sonny Dominguez naman, sabi ko, 'Ang layo mo, dito tayo 'lika,' sabi ko. 'Tingnan mo 'yung... tuhod ni...' Nung nahalata niya sige na siya... Gusto ko sabihin, 'Ma'am, mag-shorts ka na lang kaya?'" Duterte said to an audience erupting in laughter.

(Ma'am Leni wore a dress that was shorter than usual. The protocol officers probably noticed I was always behind her. I told [Finance Secretary] Sonny Dominguez, "You're too far, come closer. Check out her knees..." When Robredo noticed [she tried to cover her legs]. I wanted to tell her, "Ma'am why don't you just wear shorts instead?")

By the next meeting, Robredo had picked a different place to sit. "Wala nang view (I lost my view)," Duterte said. The President then sang the first line of "Malayo Ang Tingin" by Anthony Costelo.

He then spoke again about housing and livelihood assistance for typhoon survivors.

Prior to talking about Robredo and their Cabinet meetings, Duterte made a pitch for federalism, among his key campaign promises. He reiterated his promise to step down "in 2 to 3 years' time" if a federal form of government would be ready for implementation.

Getting used to Duterte's jokes

It's not the first time that Duterte made comments about Robredo's looks.

During the campaign, he said he would appoint Robredo "assistant president" if they would both win because she was "beautiful." Duterte and Robredo ran under different parties in the 2016 elections – Duterte under PDP-Laban and Robredo under the then-ruling Liberal Party.

In a speech at a military camp in August, Duterte admitted that he would "keep looking" at Robredo during Cabinet meetings. "You won't listen to a female president, you will just stare at her because she's beautiful."

Although she's a part of the Cabinet now, Duterte and Robredo's working relationship had a seemingly rocky start.

A month before he was set to take his oath as president, Duterte said he had not offered Robredo a Cabinet post since he didn’t want to hurt the feelings of his friend, defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Marcos, whose mother Imelda hails from Tacloban, was on stage with Duterte and Robredo during the same Yolanda event.

When asked later about Duterte's comments on stage, Robredo told reporters in a chance interview: "Actually nasasanay na ako kay Presidente, parati akong nagiging pulutan. Gaya ng sabi niya, parang ano iyon, pabirong pagsabi. Ano naman, medyo nasasanay na ako kay Presidente."

(Actually, I'm starting to get used to the President teasing me. Like he said, that was…he was telling it as a joke. I'm getting used to his humor.)

On the campaign trail, Duterte had been criticized for his "misogynist" or "sexist" quips, apparently directed toward both friends and foes. – Rappler.com

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Duterte: Joke about Robredo ‘necessary to make people laugh’ Pia Ranada @piaranada Published 1:05 PM, November 09, 2016 Updated 1:26 PM, November 09, 2016

'You want to depict me as bastos? You can. Have your day,' says President Rodrigo Duterte as he blasts the media for bringing up the 'trivial' issue


'ICE BREAKER.' President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo lead thecandle-lighting ceremony at the 3rd year commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City on November 8, 2016. Photo by Karl Alonzo/Presidential Photo

'ICE BREAKER.' President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo lead thecandle-lighting ceremony at the 3rd year commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City on November 8, 2016. Photo by Karl Alonzo/Presidential Photo

MANILA, Philippines – For President Rodrigo Duterte, there is nothing wrong about commenting on the short skirt and knees of Vice President Leni Robredo during an event commemorating one of the most destructive storms in history.

Such comments, he said, are a "natural" part of being a politician.

"Yes, it is necessary, to make people laugh, for them to enjoy the occasion," Duterte said at a news conference on Wednesday, November 9, before leaving for Thailand.

"Do not put a limitation or cast aspersions sa mga biro ko kasi ako, hindi ako heneral, pulitiko ako, natural sa amin 'yan magpatawa lalo na after magalit," said Duterte.

(Do not put a limitation or cast aspersions on my jokes because I am not a general, I am a politician, and it is natural for us to make people laugh especially after expressing anger.)

He said he wanted to diffuse the tension caused by his anger at the slow completion rate of housing projects for Super Typhoon Yolanda survivors.

There was nothing malicious about his remarks, claimed Duterte, because he was merely commenting on how Robredo's smooth knees indicated she did not go to mass.

"Yeah, I said she was wearing a skirt, her tuhod (knee) was walang ano (had no calluses). Sabi ko, hindi nagsisimba ito (I said, this person doesn't go to mass). It is appropriate; as a matter of fact, it is good," said Duterte of his joke.

'It's so trivial'

His remarks about Robredo's shorter than usual skirt, even her status as a widow and rumors of her having a congressman-boyfriend, drew criticism for being sexist and disrespectful.

Robredo herself issued a statement describing Duterte's remarks as "inappropriate" and "tasteless."

But to Duterte, such remarks are only meant to "break the ice." He even said he makes similar comments every Cabinet meeting.

"I said that every meeting. You ask all Cabinet members. Just to lighten the moment. What's so special about the knee of a person?" he said.

The President said there is nothing wrong with jokes that do not go above a woman's knee.

"Those jokes, that is nothing unless umakyat ka sa taas ng tuhod hanggang dito (you go above the knee, up to here) then that would be in extreme bad taste. So? What's wrong with the knee of your wife?" a miffed Duterte asked the male journalist who had asked the question.

He then blasted the media for bringing up the "trivial" issue.

"You make a big issue about the tuhod (knee) – is that the trivialities of media? It's so trivial. You want to depict me as bastos (disrespectful)? You can. Have your day," said Duterte.

"Gusto mo siguro mag-akyat pa ako dito sa bugan (You probably wanted me to joke about her vagina)," he added, before abruptly ending the press conference.

The President has made similar teasing remarks about Robredo before, but they mostly focused on his appreciation for her beauty.

A self-confessed "womanizer," Duterte has been known to whistle at female reporters he finds attractive and to call the attention of beautiful women he spots in a crowd. He also drew public outrage during the campaign when he made a rape joke involving a murdered Australian missionary in Davao City.

Duterte did not apologize for these jokes and comments, saying this was just how he spoke. He claimed these gestures were meant to endear him to his audience. – Rappler.com

3 Comments
3 days ago
juan
It simply means if you're not doing your work right, might as well make the suffering people laugh at your party's incompetence and lack of empathy... when is this vp going to start to build just one house for the poor? know the meaning of your smooth knees please....
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3 days ago
Teej Tan
The part on Leni's smooth knees, I thought, was a superb observation on the part of Duterte. Who would have thought a person's knees would tell a story?

This just goes to show us that LP-dominated past administration has done nothing to alleviate the sufferings of the Yolanda survivors..
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3 days ago
crows
rappler and robredo subsidiaries ng Liberal Party.
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Duterte not satisfied with Yolanda housing efforts Published November 8, 2016 4:02pm By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday criticized the government's rehabilitation efforts for the survivors of 2013's supertyphoon Yolanda, especially on providing shelters.

Speaking in a mass grave for victims of Yolanda in Tacloban City, the President asked why only a few houses have been built for the displaced residents.

"Three years after, iilang tao pa lang nakatira sa bunkhouses? It’s BS to me. I am not satisfied. Three years, wala pay nakabalhin kaayo [only a few moved to a house]," Duterte said.

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"Iyang houses na iyan, 'pag hindi matapos susunod na buwan, gawan mo na lang ng crematorium," the President later said in jest.

Duterte then apologized to the survivors for the delay.

"Ako po ay nanghihingi ng tawad sa inyo," he said.

He tasked presidential assistant for Visayas Michael Diño and Vice President Leni Robredo to fast-track the housing projects.

"In the fullness of God's time, I'll be back December. By December, gusto ko makalipat na silang lahat," the President said. —ALG, GMA News

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Protests mark ‘Yolanda’ anniversary in Panay By: Nestor P. Burgos Jr. - @inquirerdotnet / @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Visayas / 12:54 AM November 09, 2016


UNFAIR Survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” march in Roxas City, Capiz, to protest alleged irregularities in the distribution of the government’s emergency shelter assistance. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

ILOILO CITY—Even as they remain thankful for weathering the strongest typhoon to hit land, more than 8,000 survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) on Panay Island poured into the streets on Tuesday to press for long-delayed government assistance.

Thanksgiving programs were also held in towns hit by the typhoon, which ravaged mostly the Visayas areas on Nov. 8, 2013.

In Concepcion town in Iloilo province, the municipal government led a commemoration program attended by survivors and representatives of local and international nongovernment organizations and donors.

Mayor Millard Villanueva led a raffle for unit assignments for the first 400 beneficiaries of a housing project by the National Housing Authority for those needing relocation.

The Kusog sang Pumuluyo, a Panay-wide alliance of survivors and their supporters, led protest actions in Iloilo City, Estancia town in Iloilo, Roxas City in Capiz province and Kalibo town in Aklan province to press for more funds for survivors who were denied shelter assistance under the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III.

Sign-up desks for those seeking assistance were also set up in provincial centers.


Protests over the non-release of shelter assistance for survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” have plagued the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III. Survivors are hoping their problem would be addressed by the government, under President Duterte’s leadership. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO INQUIRER FILE NOV 8, 2016

In Roxas City, about 6,000 survivors and protesters led by Buylog sa Pagbangon Capiznon and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) gathered at the Roxas City Plaza Bandstand to demand the release of the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) for survivors whose houses were destroyed or damaged.

In the Aklan capital of Kalibo, about 2,000 protesters, led by Rise Up Aklan, attended a commemorative Mass at the Pastrana Park before marching to the provincial capitol where a rally was held. They also organized a forum and dialogue with Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Hope Hervilla.

In Estancia, Iloilo, about 500 survivors marched to the town hall to push for the fast-tracking of housing projects for families who needed to be relocated.

The protesters also called for the resolution of a P225-million class suit against government agencies and a private contractor, in relation to a massive oil spill that hit the coastal villages during Yolanda’s onslaught.

The spill was triggered after Power Barge 103, operated by the National Power Corp., was detached from its moorings and slammed the coastline, spilling at least 900,000 liters of bunker fuel.

At least two persons died and more than 1,000 families had to evacuate and stay out of their communities for about a month due to toxic fumes.

“We cannot declare that the communities here have recovered if the oil spill survivors have not been given justice and most have not been relocated or given assistance,” said Wilson Balingit, convenor of Kusog sang Pumuluyo in northern Iloilo.

 
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AT 3rd ANNIVERSARY OF YOLANDA ONSLAUGHT:

Duterte spoke of bringing back Alunan doctrine on private armed groups Published November 8, 2016 4:25pm


NOVEMBER 8 -PRE-ELECTION PHOTO: ALUNAN for Senator AND DUTERTE for President: Alunan was Duterte's choice for Special Envoy to China had FVR declined the offer.

President Rodrigo Duterte mulls putting back the Alunan doctrine in force.

In his speech commemorating the third anniversary of supertyphoon Yolanda's onslaught in Tacloban City, Duterte said he wants to limit the private armed groups of politicians.

"I will return the Alunan doctrine. The doctrine says more than three bodyguards including you kapag may armas ka, that's a private army, and you will be arrested," Duterte said.

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"Wala akong pakialam kung sinong governor ka o mayor. We go back to the simple days of... No more more than two policemen and the choice should come from the PNP [Philippine National Police]," Duterte further explained.

The President was referring to "Oplan Paglalansang," introduced during former Interior Sec. Rafael Alunan III's time.


A signed photo of Alunan being awarded the Outstanding Achievement Medal from then incoming President Fidel V. Ramos and Brigadier General Leo Alvez on June 25, 1992 in Fort Bonifacio. He was lauded for his help during the December 1989 coup attempt. Alunan the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government sworn in by outgoing President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino in 1992. Alunan’s term ended in April 1996. GOOGLESEARCH.COM

In a Facebook post in October 2015, Alunan said that Duterte mentioned about using the doctrine while he was still the mayor of Davao City.

"That called for setting the rule that more than 2 armed men moving or assembling in a group constitute a private army that must be broken up and disarmed. It also called for the recovery of loose firearms throughout the country," Alunan wrote. — Trisha Macas/RSJ, GMA News

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DSWD releases Status Report on ‘Yolanda’ Funds and Shelters for survivors


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REPORTfrom Government of the Philippines Published on 08 Nov 2016 —View Original preview Download PDF (181.61 KB) Today is the 3rd anniversary of the tragedies caused by Supertyphoon Yolanda and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is releasing this 3rd report on its investigations on its own ‘Yolanda’ efforts.

DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo, speaking today to ‘Yolanda’ survivors in Tacloban and addressing other survivors in other regions severely hit by ‘Yolanda’, said that they are releasing their initial findings in response to the clamor of Filipinos for an explanation as to where all the donations and government disaster funds went.

“We want to inform the Filipino people, the international community and most particularly the ‘Yolanda’ survivors regarding the ‘Yolanda’ funds and how they have been utilized. Most of the funds were allotted for Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA), but even now thousands of ‘Yolanda’ survivors and their families have yet to receive a single peso. In the meantime, a shocking 62% of all DSWD core shelters have yet to be built,” she said.

“I have already made all these findings known to President Rodrigo Duterte, as well as informed him of the demands of ‘Yolanda’ survivors for justice and accountability. He has declared his preparedness to address these issues, and said that he is not indifferent to the plight of the poor in Tacloban and the other provinces devastated by ‘Yolanda’,” the Secretary continued.

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Gov’t fast-tracking ‘Yolanda’ fund distribution — Palace By: Leila B. Salaverria - Reporter / @LeilasINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:40 PM November 08, 2016


Gov’t fast-tracking ‘Yolanda’ fund distribution — PalaceNews

MALACAÑANG said new guidelines are being drawn up to fast-track the distribution of shelter assistance to Yolanda survivors, as it commemorated the third anniversary of the super typhoon’s deadly onslaught.

The President’s spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the concerned department was coming up with the guidelines to facilitate the speedy delivery of aid.

READ: P20B ‘Yolanda’ housing fund for 2016 not released by Aquino admin

READ:  ‘Yolanda’ survivors retell ordeal

Many of the Yolanda survivors are still without permanent homes.

Abella also paid tribute to those who lived through the super typhoon and those who came to help.

“Yolanda brought misery and grief to our people, but it has likewise provided us with many lessons in our pre- and post-disaster response,” he said it. “We celebrate the triumph of the human spirit, the human community, the Filipino people and the survivors and all those who stood with us, all the nations who helped us get back on our feet, the agencies, the organizations, and all who pitched in,” he said in a press briefing.

He also said there were a lot of lessons to be learned from Yolanda.

“Yolanda brought misery and grief to our people, but it has likewise provided us with many lessons in our pre- and post-disaster response,” he said it.

It taught the government to exercise bravery and compassion, he said. CBB/rga

 
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Government of Tacloban

Tacloban marks 3rd Yolanda Anniversary with solemn commemoration  November 4, 2016


IMAGE FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF TACLOBAN

Tacloban City – The City Government of Tacloban will mark the 3rd Anniversary of Yolanda on November 7 and 8 with a simple, yet solemn commemoration.

Highlight of the anniversary activities is the Commemorative Program to be attended by National, City Government officials and foreign dignitaries at the Yolanda Memorial, Tacloban Astrodome Grounds.

On the eve of the anniversary, November 7, 3:00 in the afternoon a wreath laying ceremony will be held at Holy Cross Memorial Cemetery Mass Grave in Basper. The gravesite located 12 kilometers north of the City is where more than 2,000 Yolanda fatalities are buried.


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A mass at the Anibong Shipwreck Memorial will follow at 6:00 p.m.

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Activities on November 8 will start with a holy mass at the astrodome, 7:00 in the morning, followed by the Commemorative Program at 9:00 a.m.

City officials led by Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez, Leyte 1st District Representative Yedda K. Romualdez and former City Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez will attend the commemorative program intended to remember the thousands who died during the onslaught of Yolanda in Tacloban.

Senators Richard Gordon and Cynthia Villar have also signified to attend the commemorative activities

Also expected are US Ambassador Sung Kim, US Embassy Charge’ d’ affaires Michael S. Klecheski, and Israel Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau.

OPM artist Kitchie Nadal and the Leyte Dance Theater Dancers will perform during the program which will be capped with the launching of the Yolanda Documentary.

The Blessing and Turn-over Ceremony of the Astrodome Park and Playground – a recovery and rehabilitation project of an International Non-Government Organization (INGO) for City kids will follow at the Tacloban City Convention Center grounds at 10:00 a.m.

At sundown, the traditional lighting of candles along the streets of the City will commence; and the Sky Lantern Memorial will be held at Balyuan, 9:00 pm.

Meantime, ahead of the anniversary of Yolanda, Mayor Romualdez on Thursday, November 4, personally supervised the transfer of 136 families from their temporary shelters to their new homes in Villa Diana, Barangay 101, New Kawayan. The City Government provides a daily ration of water to the residents.

Three years ago, Typhoon Yolanda made landfall in Tacloban causing a huge storm surge and leaving in its wake a city devastated with thousand of fatalities and homeless. Since then Tacloban has undergone massive rehabilitation and has since recovered from the disaster through the collaborative efforts of Government and International Non-Government Organizations. (Henry James G. Roca, Photo Grab: CMO)


MAYOR Cristina G. Romualdez on Thursday, November 4, personally supervised the transfer of 136 families from their temporary shelters to their new homes in Villa Diana, Barangay 101, New Kawayan.

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Unfulfilled promises hound 'Yolanda' survivors 3 years after By: Philippine News Agency November 7, 2016 8:02 AM InterAksyon.com The online news portal of TV5


File photo shows the ships that ran aground in Anibong, Tacloban when super typhoon Yolanda struck. (photo by Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.com)

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines -- Three years after super typhoon Yolanda struck, survivors from a badly hit community who witnessed ships washed ashore, destroying lives and houses, are still dealing with unfulfilled promises.

Hyacinth Abuda, 22, of Anibong district still lives in a makeshift house built near one of the ships, now converted into a landmark, with her husband and child.

“We really want to transfer to a safer place, but the problem is permanent houses are not yet livable. Another thing is that we did not get the emergency shelter assistance …” said Abuda, who lost a daughter and four relatives when storm surges washed out their village.

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Abuda’s family lives hand-to-mouth from her husband’s meager earnings from a barber shop.

Her neighbor, Vicenta Segunda, 47, a mother of four, shared the same sentiment. It is still unclear to her when they will be moving to the resettlement site.

“It would really be comfortable to us to have a permanent house, but from what I’ve heard, there is no electricity and stable water supply in the relocation sites. I am also worried of what to do for a living,” said Segunda, an assistant to the village secretary.

Residents of Anibong district are among the 14,000 families in the city who will be moved to the northern relocation sites, away from danger zones.

The city government admitted that lack of water and other needed facilities for the new townships is delaying the transfer of the families.

Anibong district is a coastal community near the city’s port. It is the village where 10 ships ran aground.

The bow of the M/V Eva Jocelyn, a cargo ship, is now a memorial marker to honor those who died when the vessels were swept ashore.


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P20B ‘Yolanda’ housing fund for 2016 not released by Aquino admin By: Maila Ager - Reporter / @MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net / 10:06 AM November 08, 2016


SUPERTYPHOON “Yolanda” survivors line up for water after the devastation in Leyte province. This photo was taken on Nov. 9, 2013. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

As survivors of Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ struggled to find permanent shelter, the Aquino government failed to release P20 billion allocated for 2016 for housing assistance to typhoon victims, according to data released by a senator as the country marked the third year when the storm devastated Eastern and Central Visayas.

Senator Loren Legarda said Congress allocated P25.6 billion housing assistance for Yolanda victims under the 2016 budget of the National Housing Authority (NHA) but the government had not released P20.7 billion as of June this year.

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“In light of the commemoration of Yolanda anniversary, allow me first to put on record that we have allocated P25.6 billion housing assistance for victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda under the 2016 budget of the National Housing Authority (NHA). Unreleased funds as of June 2016 is 20.7 billion,” Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on finance, said in a speech on Monday.

President Benigno Aquino III ended his six-year term in June to give way to President Rodrigo Duterte.

“We hope that we can fast track the construction of permanent housing for the intended recipients if only to bring renewed hope to those who have survived the strongest typhoon to hit land,” she said.

“[W]e have allocated P25.6 billion housing assistance for victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda under the 2016 budget of the National Housing Authority (NHA). Unreleased funds as of June 2016 is 20.7 billion,” Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on finance, said in a speech on Monday.
Yolanda, the most devastating storm that hit the country, marked its third anniversary this Tuesday, November 8.

Apart from the NHA budget, Legarda said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRM) Fund had P18.896 billion but P18.433 billion remained unreleased as of September 30.

“I wish to remind our agencies that the NDRRM Fund is no longer just a calamity fund. We should use it to build resilience, reduce and prevent risks in our communities, and to take proactive action so that natural hazards will not turn into disasters that kill and maim our people, and impede our development,” the senator added. CBB/rga

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As the country commemorates the third year anniversary of “Yolanda’s’ destuctive onslaught on Leyte and other parts of the Eastern Visayas Tuesday, November 8, Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Romualdez urged survivors to continue holding on and keep their faith on the Lord.

“Just keep holding on, keep your hope in the Lord, just keep moving forward and pray for a brighter future for all of us,” the lady politiko said.

Tacloban City was the area hardest hit by “Yolanda” with thousands killed and millions of pesos of properties destroyed in the ensuing storm surge.

As this develops, the United States government has joined the country in honoring those who perished in “Yolanda’s” aftermath.

US Embassy Manila Deputy Chief of Mission, Michael S. Klecheski said that it is a privilege of the US government to “express solidarity and partnership” with survivors of the country’s strongest typhoon.

“I speak for all Americans, to say that we are here with you and that everyone knew what happened and we have been trying to be supportive as much as we can. We are great partners and we are going to continue that,”
Klecheski said.

The US embassy official graced the wreath-laying ceremony and mass late November 7 afternoon to remember more than 2,273 typhoon victims buried in a common grave at the Holy Cross cemetery, Basper village, Tacloban City.


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