"I was so shocked to see Tacloban City and Tanauan municipality. I was told there were lots of damages to coconuts, rice farms, and fishing boats. So survivors are suffering from lack of jobs," Nakao told reporters after traveling from Tacloban, the island's capital, to Tanauan, about 20 kilometers south, and inspecting a severely damaged elementary school.
"So, I really want to support as much as possible the affected areas and people," he said.
On top of the nearly
He noted that much needs to be addressed in the fields of livelihood and employment, shelter, and other basic facilities like schools, clinics, and utilities, particularly, power and sewerage.
His one-day visit here is to be capped by the launch of an
The office, which will be manned by 10 personnel of the
Philippine social welfare assistant secretary Milo Gudmalin said the implementation of
"Based on our initial communication, the projects would most likely include schools, clinics, livelihood and sanitation," Nakao said, adding that the
Tanauan Mayor Pel Tecson, who welcomed Nakao and showed him around the damaged
The 1,250 families who rely on fishing also need to transfer their residences because their houses are within the 40-meter no-build zone.
"Overall, the thrust is to build back better," Tecson said.
Nakao said that while the task for rehabilitation of the affected communities is going to be daunting, the smiles on the faces of the students who welcomed him made him hopeful about the recovery.
"What I have seen here today, however, is not only a picture of great loss and devastation. It is also one of tremendous strength and spirit, and it is an inspiration to all of us as we move toward reconstruction," he said in a separate statement.
Haiyan, the strongest typhoon to ever hit land, claimed more than 6,200 lives, displaced millions, and left massive devastation in the central provinces that officials say will require
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