Marcos seeks probe on status of Yolanda aid

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SENATOR Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. is calling for a Senate probe over the status of the funds contributed by local and international donors for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

"It is vital to look into this matter pursuant to the highest ideals of accountability and transparency in the handling of this public fund by the concerned government agencies, so that in the end, the rights and interests of the victims of the typhoon Yolanda will be protected, and their future secured," Marcos said in the Senate Resolution 538.

The resolution also directs the Congressional Oversight Committee on The Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 to determine the concrete plan of action for the complete rehabilitation and reconstruction of the affected local government units using the donated funds.

In the website of Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (Faith), as of February 12, the government received more than US$13 billion or P648 billion in cash donations. The total foreign aid cash and non-cash pledged was around US$552 billion.

Faith is an online portal of information on calamity aid and assistance pledged or given by countries and intergovernmental organization, as well as donations coursed through the Commission on Filipino Overseas' Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino program.

Marcos said he told rehabilitation czar Panfilo "Ping" Lacson of his worry on the possible misuse of funds.

"Magkikita ulit kami para magplano para doon sa pledges. I was telling him (Lacson) na andyan na 'yung pondo, iyung mga pledges baka mawala," the senator said.

Marcos said the reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged government buildings and facilities like municipal and city offices will be prioritized to be followed by public facilities like schools and hospitals. (Sunnex)

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