President Aquino criticized anew over disaster response

Posted By Cebu Examiner –

29 October 2014

LEYTE – The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice has strongly
criticized President Benigno Aquino for the government’s poor and
inefficient handling of disaster response in the country.

The environmental group said one example of the government’s failure was
from Typhoon Haiyan that left a trail of deaths and destruction in
central Philippines.

“From the very start, the Aquino Administration has failed miserably. To
sum up, the Aquino government was over-confidently, inappropriately
prepared,” PMJ national coordinator Gerry Arances said.

He said his group has already lined up series of mass actions that will
highlight the many injustices typhoon victims and survivors had incurred
in the lead up to the November 8 commemoration of the Haiyan devastation
last year.

“After one year, without a clear people-centered rehabilitation plan,
tens of thousands of typhoon victims are still living in tents and
bunkhouses with no substantial economic activities and sustainable jobs,
among others,” Arances said.

Jaybee Garganera, Alyansa Tigil Mina national coordinator, said the
government should be held accountable for neglecting the welfare of
victims of typhoon Haiyan.

“One concrete example of government’s neglect is when it continued to
push for extractive projects in the devastated areas instead of
protecting the natural resources of the country and preventing the
worsening of climate change impacts and disasters. Instead of making
sure that rehabilitation efforts are on the way, the government agencies
and local government units ensured that mining operations continues in
mineral rich areas in Samar and Leyte,” he said.

Various civic organizations have previously criticized Aquino on the
same issues. There was no immediate reaction from the government on the
latest allegations. (Cebu Examiner)

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