2014 goal: Rebuild 'Yolanda' areas by year-end

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 06 2014 12:20 PM | Updated as of Jan 07 2014 06:49 PM

MANILA - The Philippine government aims to restore areas ravaged by supertyphoon Yolanda by the end of 2014.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman said this is the deadline that government has set for itself under its reconstruction assistance on Yolanda framework (RAY).

"Remember, the objective is build back better. So we have not yet reached the goal of 'better.' We've just reconstructed what it was before so basic amenities, new houses...but the houses we are going to be building, we have to make sure it's typhoon-resilient. So all of that, we would want to see by the end of 2014, up on its feet," she said.

Soliman also outlined the registration process for people who took in Yolanda orphans.

This is after her earlier appeal for these people to register themselves with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

"First, you go to either the City Social Welfare and Development Office or the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, that's the local. And you will register, they will give you a form...There's a foster care law. The first thing that will be given to you is a foster care form," she said.

The social welfare secretary gave the assurance that the DSWD will not take the children away.

The purpose of registration is simply to be able to track the whereabouts and welfare of the children.