On moving the post-Haiyan rehabilitation forward

The Neda said that 90 percent of the losses were in the private sector, that damage to property amounted to P424.3 billion, and that lost income amounted to P146.8 billion.

Disaster area like a ‘war zone’, Amando Doronila, Philippine Inquirer.

This is the status quo quantification for losses incurred in disasters.  It does not capture the real cost of the catastrophe, the survivors’ anguish, terror, anxiety for the future including.  Present and currently used measurements are from the perspective of the market.  These metrics suggest that, in the real world, if you have money you are able to buy your right, decent housing, for one.

But what options do you have when, like the Haiyan survivors, all your assets in the world bar yourself are gone?  when, like the majority of the survivors, insurance is not a word hence there is nothing at all to recoup after the damages?  It means, in a market-based world, the real world, your rights will have to be suspended, for some unforeseeable time, at least.

This is why the rehabilitation of the devastated areas cannot go wrong.  To err is not an option in this case.  It has to be executed right the first time.  I’m sure the appointee knows that and because he said yes, is up to the challenge.

The I/NGO Community whose members are all over the place should link up their plans and programs to the overall rehab plan as opposed to planning and doing things as if separate islands.  The rehab Committee of the national government should assert itself and lead the way and gather all the actors on the field together to work collaboratively.  The I/NGO Community has reservations working with government or public personalities which is understandable given their lengthy experience of the bad side of government.  This implies that Mr. Lacson has a lot of trustbuilding to do on field; and honesty will get him forward.  No Filipino,  the survivors especially, would want another blatant lie thrown at them. The national fund from which local programs were sourced in the past had been dubbed ‘pork barrel’ but in no way are local-recipients pigs. The system made them as if pigs (i.e. happy with any grub thrown their way). But now that this fund or system has been declared unconstitutional, Filipinos, survivors of disasters especially, should wake up to the fact that they are far far above pigs. The Supreme Court upholds and reinforces that.

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