MANILA – The long-term rehabilitation of areas devastated by typhoon “Yolanda” may cost an estimated P100 billion, Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said on Friday.
Petilla, along with NEDA Director General Arsenio Balisacan, are leading a task force composed of Cabinet members to come up with a comprehensive rehabilitation plan.
He said the task force will formally meet on Monday to collate and analyze statistics that they currently have.
“It [The rehabilitation] can cost to the tune of P100 billion. As to the question of where will we get it, that is the biggest question that we have right now. How do we actually fine tune this budget? Is there something we can do to tweak it so it can be affordable?” he told ANC’s “Prime Time.”
The energy secretary, who previously served as governor of Leyte for 9 years, said he experienced 5 typhoons when he was in office, but never of this magnitude.
Petilla said among the issues that have to be discussed are the relocation sites and building codes.
Aside from being the coordinator, Petilla is also tasked to handle restoration of electricity.
He earlier said he will step down if he fails to re-electrify typhoon-hit Visayas by Christmas Eve.
Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, meanwhile, was tasked to handle shelter and reconstruction.
Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala, Trade Sec. Gregory Domingo, Labor Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz, and TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva will handle livelihood and employment.
Social Welfare Sec. Dinky Soliman will handle resettlement and psychosocial care of survivors, Environment Sec. Ramon Paje for environmental protection and Finance Sec. Cesar Purisima, Budget Sec. Butch Abad, and Foreign Affairs Sec. Albert del Rosario for resource generation and allocation.
Cabinet Sec. Jose Rene Almendras will lead a post-disaster assessment while Interior Sec. Mar Roxas will be coordinating help from local government units. -- With a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News