MANILA - The Philippine government will need an estimated P139 billion for rehabilitation efforts after the onslaught of super typhoon "Yolanda" (international code name Haiyan), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Monday.
The figure is nearly double the P74 billion needed to repair infrastructure destroyed during other calamities, from Tropical Storm Sendong back in December 2011 up to the Bohol earthquake last October.
NDRRMC Executive Director Eduardo del Rosario also said
some laws and rules being applied during calamities should be revised.
"There's a need to revise the current Water Code per 81067 of 1976 because in this Water Code, the urban areas, it's only required 3 meters, rural areas 20 meters easement and forested areas 40 meters easement," he said.
The disaster chief said the government needs safe evacuation centers that can withstand super typhoons but are also resilient to earthquakes, landslides and floods.
He added: "Enhancement of emergency telecommunications system and acquisition of mobile devices. Increased capacity for mobility -- air, sea, and land assets, and the creation of national responders in the three major islands with expertise on collapsed structures and water search and rescue operations."