TACLOBAN CITY-Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) Secretary Panfilo Lacson revealed that he has implemented a bottom-up approach to hasten the recovery of areas devastated by the supertyphoon Yolanda.
This after the post-disaster needs assessment(PDNA)being undertaken by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) has yet to be finished, the former senator who was in the city last February 26 said.
“We cannot do any rehabilitation while the Office of Civil Defense and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council cannot formulate the final PDNA for this will be the basis for the over-all rehabilitation plan” said Lacson.
But considering that the PDNA is still being conducted by the various teams created by the OCD, he had decided to do the bottom-up approach by talking with the local officials themselves to submit their own rehabilitation plans.
The PDNA is expected to be finished by the end of this month. The result would then be submitted to Lacson for his consideration.
Lacson revealed that there were already mayors, for example, in Leyte who submitted their rehabilitation plans.
Lacson particularly mentioned the mayor of Tanauan, Pelagio Tecson, to be among the first local chief executive to submit the document.
He also called on the chief executives to formulate their own land use plans to be flexible and not to be confined on no build zone saying that the 40 meters from the shore limit is not applicable to all areas. (LIZBETH ANN ABELLA)