Duterte creates task force to speed up Yolanda rehab

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte created an inter-agency task force to improve coordination in implementing Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) rehabilitation.

Administrative Order No. 5, signed by the President on Tuesday, August 8, puts Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr in charge of the task force.

Its full name is Inter-agency Task Force for the Unified Implementation and Monitoring of Rehabilitation and Recovery Programs in the Yolanda Corridor or IATF-Yolanda for short. (READ: 3 unresolved issues, 3 years after Yolanda)

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Duterte saw the need to create the task force due to delays caused by "lack of coordination" among government agencies in implementing rehabilitation projects and programs in Yolanda-affected areas.

"Ensuring the timely and efficient completion of the various programs and projects is of paramount importance given that 3 years have already lapsed since the passing of Typhoon Yolanda," reads the order.

Aside from Evasco, the task force is co-chaired by Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino and Presidential Assistant for Special Concerns Wendel Avisado.

Avisado also holds the post of Presidential Assistant for Yolanda Rehabilitation.

The task force has 17 members:

The order imposes administrative sanctions on officers of government agencies who fail to comply with its provisions or its implementing rules and regulations.

It also orders the task force to consult affected communities and non-governmental organizations in crafting, implementing, or monitoring Yolanda rehabilitation projects. 

IATF-Yolanda must submit reports to the President every month or as often as he may require. (READ: How the Duterte administration is fast-tracking Yolanda recovery– Rappler.com

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