Yolanda survivors stages rally near ex-Pres Aquino residence

Yolanda survivors stages rally near ex-Pres Aquino residence

They just need to be heard – loudly that is.

Four years has passed and still the problems that was brought about by the destruction of the Super Typhoon Yolanda ( International name Haiyan) continues to hound not just the previous administration but the former president himself – Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

A lightning rally was staged by a handful of protesters claiming to be Yolanda survivors near the house of the former President earlier this week.  *

Yolanda survivors who tried to throw mud at the residence of former Pres. Benigno Aquino (photo credit to CNN Phils)

Few members of Eastern Visayas disaster-survivor group People Surge demanded former President Aquino be held accountable for supposed abuses and negligence by his administration.

The protesters covered in mud, attempted to throw dirt at his house along Times street, Quezon City.However the security personnel of the subdivision closed the newly constructed gate located near the Aquino residence.

Typhoon Yolanda killed more than 6,000 people, and the president then was Noynoy Aquino.

"Dahil sa walang kwentang plano ng rehabilitasyon, nandito kami para singilin, ulit ulit naming sisingilin hanggat pumupunta kami dito sa National Capital Region," said People Surge Secretary General Marissa Cabaljao.

"Hindi namin makakalimutan ang lugar na tinitirhan ng nakaraang pangulong Noynoy Aquino, at sisingilin namin sya, gaya ng hindi namin paglimot sa experiensya namin ng Bagyong Yolanda," Cabaljao added.

The People Surge alleges that the Aquino administration made it a priority to fund infrastructure projects that benifitted businesses instead of delivering the basic needs and aid for the fast rehabilitation of all the Yolanda-hit areas.

The P7.95-billion Leyte Tide Embankment project was cited by the group, the  23-kilometer seawall that the Public Works and Highways Department says "will serve as first line of defence against rising seas" in Tacloban, Palo, and Tanauan towns.

People Surge said the project will benefit the tourism industry, rather than protect residents. *

The group also slammed the "substandard quality of relocation sites" constructed by the Aquino government.

 IBON Foundation, a research firm said last year that only 25 percent or 50,891 of the 205,128 planned houses for Yolanda victims were built.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Coordinating Council, 6,300 died and 1,062 went missing in the aftermath of Yolanda in 2013. Cost of damage was around P95.5 billion.
Report from CNN Phils


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