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President Benigno Aquino III has asked former senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson to oversee government’s massive and costly rehabilitation and reconstruction program for areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). The President met with Lacson in Malacañang on November 29, where they discussed in broad strokes the former senator’s functions. The government needs to allocate P40.9 billion for the typhoon-hit areas. The President earlier designated Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla to head a task force that outlined an action plan on how the government would address the basic needs of the typhoon survivors. He approved the plan but said he needed more details. It’s not clear how Lacson’s new role would fit into the existing processes of the Cabinet.
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