ILOILO City – Fair, immediate, and transparent distribution of relief assistance to the survivors of Typhoon Ursula, NOW!
Typhoon Ursula has greatly affected the poor and the marginalized in the province of Aklan.
“It is worsened by the power outage and more so by the local government unit’s (LGU) slow response,” said Bayan Aklan in a statement.
“After Aklan declared a province-wide state of calamity, people were hopeful that their inability to buy basic necessities will somehow be addressed. However, they were disappointed of the slow and selective assistance of the LGU,” the group said.
The group also questioned the use of calamity fund’s budget for disaster preparation since it took almost 10 days before the residents received relief assistance. “It only goes to show that the LGU did not learn from their experiences during Typhoon Yolanda.”
“It is clear, according to the group, that Ursula is not as destructive as Yolanda. However, for as long as funds to rehabilitate damaged houses and livelihood will not be given to the survivors, Ursula and other calamities will be more destructive than Yolanda.”
Together with the survivors of Typhoon Ursula, Bayan-Aklan called out the national government to help the LGU for their fast recovery.
They also demanded to junk the anti-poor Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, review the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council’s implementing rules and guidelines, as well as allocate more budget for recovery and rehabilitation.
Moreover, they also demanded the LGU to distribute relief assistance, fairly and immediately./www.panaytoday.net