VP Binay Leads Typhoon Yolanda Rites, Says Letting Filipino Remain Poor is Immoral

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YOLANDA ANNIVERSARY.

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, together with Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, join

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 the unveiling ceremony for the Anibong Memorial Marker at Barangay Anibong in Tacloban

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. Binay, together with Mayor Romualdez and Rep. Romualdez, inspects remains of

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suspected Yolanda victim at Barangay 87 in San Jose, Tacloban City. The victim, along with four others, were unearthed Saturday.

TACLOBAN CITY (via PhilAmPress) – Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Sunday, Nov. 8, described poverty as immoral, as he lamented the administration’s failure to improve the lives of Filipinos, especially victims of supertyphoon Yolanda after two years.
“Imoral ang mapabayaang nagugutom at lubog sa kahirapan ang karamihan ng mamamayan, samantalang ang iilan ay nagtatamasa at nagpapakasasa. Inuulit ko: immoral. Hindi dapat mangyari at siyang unang-unang dapat ayusin ng isang pamahalaan,” the Vice President said during the celebration for the founding anniversary of Alangalang town in Leyte.
According to the Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS) of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), poverty incidence in Eastern Visayas reached 54.9 percent in 2014, an almost 10 percent increase from 2012 figures. This translated to 2.25 million Filipinos in Eastern Visayas that do not have enough income and are languishing in poverty.
Typhoon Yolanda caused the poverty incidence in Eastern Visayas to increase, after it ravaged several towns in the region and other parts of the country.
Binay scored the administration for the slow pace of rehabilitation of areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda, which devastated Leyte and nearby provinces this day two years ago.
“Nakakalungkot na dito sa Leyte, kahit na may pondo naman para pagandahin ang buhay at tulungang makabangon ang mga biktima ni Yolanda, hindi naman ito nakakarating sa tamang panahon,” Binay said.
According to Binay, every Filipino should benefit from economic progress.
“Pangarap ko na ang bawat Pilipino ay makabahagi sa kaunlaran ng bansa. Ang bawat Pilipino ay dapat magkaroon ng patas na pagkakataong umangat sa buhay, upang sabay-sabay nating malasap ang tamis ng kaunlaran,” he said.
He said that his administration will strive to create jobs and provide adequate social services that will especially help the poor.
“Para maisakatuparan ang pangarap na ito, sisikapin ng aking administrasyon na makalikha ng maraming trabaho, sa mga public works, sa mga pabrika at mga opisina at pati sa mga bukid – ha uma – sa pamamagitan ng pagpalakas sa agrikultura. Sisikapin nating maghatid ng epektibong serbisyo na sumasaklaw sa lahat, lalo na sa mahihirap; at magpatupad tayo ng mga reporma para sa mabilis na pag-unlad,” said Binay.
The Vice President also vowed that under his term the indecisiveness that has been associated with the present administration will be eliminated.
“Hindi tayo magiging indecisive. Walang teka-teka, kundi ang maaasahan ninyo ay mabilisan at epektibong aksyon sa mga problema.”
“Mamadaliin natin ang pagsagawa ng mga planong nakabitin dahil sa paralysis by analysis, partikular na sa mga Private-Public Partnership programs,” he said.
He also promised to provide ample support to enable local governments to address their needs.
“Bibigyan natin ng sapat na kakayahan at kapangyarihan ang mga local government units hindi lamang sa pagplano ng inyong landas tungo sa kaunlaran, kundi upang kayo ay maging handa rin sa bawat sakuna, nang hindi maulit ang trahedyang dinanas sa bagyong Yolanda,” said Binay.
Binay urged the residents to learn from the many lessons offered by the past.
“Sariwain natin ang alaala ng nakalipas, pulutin natin ang napakaraming aral mula sa ating kolektibong karanasan, at sama sama tayong sumulong tungo sa buhay na maginhawa at matiwasay,” he said.
He also emphasized the importance of remembering the tragedy caused Yolanda.
“Magbalik-tanaw tayo sa trahedyang ito upang lagi nating maalala na dapat laging handa sa anumang pangyayari. Magbalik-tanaw tayo, at ipaala na hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa rin natutugunan ng sapat ang pangangailangan ng mga nasalanta ng bagyo.”
“At higit sa lahat, sariwain natin ang alaala ng Yolanda upang lagi nating isipin na gaano man kadilim at kasakit ng dagok sa ating buhay, mayroong liwanag na naghihintay. Mayroong ngiti. Mayroong pag-asa,” added Binay.
The Vice President joined the activities for the Yolanda commemoration including the unveiling of memorial markers at Brgy. Anibong, the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport, and the Tacloban City Convention Center.
He also visited the mass grave site in Tanauan, where around 1,200 people died, and inspected the remains of a suspected Yolanda victim found at Barangay 87 in San Jose, Tacloban.
Later in the day, he will attend the candle lighting ceremonies for Yolanda victims and sundown memorial.
Binay had been in Eastern Visayas since November 3 to check on the survivors of Yolanda, which killed 6,300 and devastated P89 billion worth of properties, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council.
He visited and talked with residents of Silago, Hinunangan, Hinundayan, Anahawan, San Juan, St. Bernard, Libagon, Sogod, Malitbog, Padre Burgos, Macrohon, Maasin in Southern Leyte.
He also went to Palo, Dulag, Hilongos, Baybay, Abuyog, MacArthur, Mayorga, La Paz, Burauen, Julita, Tolosa, Tanauan, Tabon-tabon, Dagami, Pastrana, Alangalang, Sta. Fe and Tacloban in Leyte. (PHLTODAYUSA/Claire Morales True)

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