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Some local officials out to profit from Yolanda rehab – Lacson

Posted On 2013 Dec 19
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President Benigno S. Aquino III administers the oath of office to Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery former Senator Panfilo Lacson in a ceremony at the President’s Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Tuesday (December 10). The “rehabilitation czar” is the man in charge to oversee the overall efforts being undertaken by the national government in reconstructing the areas destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas region (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III administers the oath of office to Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery former Senator Panfilo Lacson in a ceremony at the President’s Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Tuesday (December 10). The “rehabilitation czar” is the man in charge to oversee the overall efforts being undertaken by the national government in reconstructing the areas destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas region (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Some unscrupulous local officials are trying to cash in on the Super Typhoon Yolanda-rehabilitation work, rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson said over the weekend.

Lacson said he has asked the Philippine National Police and National Bureau of Investigation to investigate these officials.

The former senator did not identify the officials, though he described them as local government officers out to land kickbacks from the rehabilitation work.

He, meanwhile, clarified that relief goods were not part of the schemes as the distribution of relief goods was under the jurisdiction of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and was not part of the rehabilitation.

Last Friday, Lacson visited parts of Eastern Visayas that were affected by Yolanda, which left more than 6,000 dead.

Lacson then revealed that private firms were willing to take part in the rehabilitation.

He also said he was going to consult with international groups like the Japan International Cooperation Agency and United Nations Development Program. (MNS)

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