Posted November 10, 2014
Written by Jay-Ar Arante
Activists groups in Aklan protested “Martsa ng Pagbangon at Paniningil” on November 8 calling on the government to provide more homes and jobs, a year after Typhoon Yolanda smashed into the country.
About 2,500 protesters marched and gathered in the morning near the Kalibo-Numancia Bridge with their symbolic theme “Pag-alaala sa Ika Isang Taon ni Yolanda, Paniningil at Pagbangon!”
Rise Up Aklan, one of the activists groups said: “The march actions condemned the government continued neglect in responding to the needs of Typhoon Yolanda survivors after super typhoon hit the province of Aklan a year ago.”
“Last December 3, 2013 when Secretary Mar Roxas first visited the province of Aklan and declared the immediate release of P10, 000 for the partially damaged and P30, 000 assistance for the totally damaged houses. But until now, this remains undone,” it said.
Meanwhile, later in the afternoon, Rise Up-Aklan conveyors and supporters held a “march rally” from Kalibo Magsaysay Park to Kalibo Pastrana Park.
Typhoon Yolanda damaged about P2.811 billion in infrastructure and agriculture in Aklan. The death toll stood at 14 with 572 injured.
Translated by Gloria Villas