Iloilo back to normal five years after ‘Yolanda’

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The Iloilo Provincial Government believes that the province has returned to normalcy five years after typhoon “Yolanda” devastated the Visayas region in 2013.

“Ilonggos are very resilient… We have recovered well in terms of damaged infrastructures and livelihoods,” Provincial Administrator Raul Banias said in a Panay News article.

A total of 173 individuals in Iloilo province died during the onslaught of Yolanda, according to the Office of Civil Defense Region 6.

Its fury also affected nearly a million Ilonggos.

Banias said the provincial government, with international, local non-governmental organizations, local governments and national government agencies, provided displaced fishermen with boats and other fishing contraptions to make a fresh start.

“The first and immediate response of the provincial government was the restoration of the livelihood of small fishermen. In our initial discussions with affected marginal fisherfolk, they cried for their livelihood, not so much for their houses,” Banias said.

The official also said other typhoon recovery programs like the Department of Interior and Local Government’s Restoration Assistance for Yolanda, are ongoing in northern Iloilo.

Said program helps Yolanda-affected barangays rehabilitate their damaged infrastructures such as multipurpose gyms, health centers, barangay halls, and day care centers.