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Duterte creates inter-agency task force to monitor ‘Yolanda’ rehab

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President Rodrigo Duterte has created an inter-agency task force to monitor the government’s rehabilitation efforts in areas hit by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan).

Duterte signed on August 8 Administrative Order 5, “creating an inter-agency task force for the unified implementation and monitoring of rehabilitation and recovery projects and programs in the Yolanda-affected areas.”

“The IATF-Yolanda shall serve as the overall and central coordination committee of all executive department, agencies, bureaus, government owned or controlled corporations, and other instrumentalities in relation to the various aspects of implementation and monitoring of the rehabilitation and recovery programs in the Yolanda-affected areas,” the order stated.

The IATF would be chaired by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco and the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas and Presidential Assistant for Special Concerns.

Other members of the task force include the secretaries of the Department of Agriculture, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Education, Department of Environment and National Resources, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Trade and Industry, National Economic and Development Authority.

Also part of the task force are the chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development and Coordinating Council, executive director of the National Risk Reduction Management Council, general manager of the National Housing Authority and administrators of the Land Registration Authority, Local Waterworks Utilities Administration, National Electrification Administration, National Irrigation Authority, and Philippine Coconut Authority.

The order said the IATF should consult affected communities and non-government organizations in the crafting, implementation, and evaluation of the various programs and projects covered by the order.

It added that the task force should submit a report to the President every month or as often as may be required by the chief executive. JE

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