Presidential Memorandum Order 79, issued on 22 April 2015, tasks the NEDA Director-General, as NDRRMC Vice-Chair for Rehabilitation and Recovery, to undertake the coordination, monitoring and evaluation of all disaster-related programs, projects and activities (PPAs) for areas worst-affected by Typhoon Yolanda. The task was previously under the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR). Consequently, as provided for under the said Memorandum Order, NEDA created the Yolanda Project Monitoring Office (PMO) that would coordinate and facilitate all activities on the monitoring of Yolanda PPAs. Read the full memo »
The Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda (RAY): Build-Back-Better
document is the government’s strategic plan to guide the recovery and rebuilding of the economy, lives, and livelihoods in the affected areas. It was published by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) on December 13, 2013, just over a month after Typhoon Yolanda ravaged through central Philippines. It was designed to guide rapid action to address critical, immediate needs, as well as aid in the development and implementation of a full set of recovery and reconstruction interventions over the medium-term.
The RAY: Implementation for Results is the second planning document prepared by NEDA. The document presents an overall results framework for monitoring progress consistent with Philippine Development Plan. It also highlights key policy and program initiatives under implementation or consideration by four clusters covering 1) livelihoods and business development; 2) housing and resettlement; 3) social services; and 4) infrastructure.
Build Back Better
Implementation For Results
By virtue of Memorandum Order No. 62, the President appointed the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) on 6 December 2013 to unify government and partners’ efforts in the rehabilitation and recovery of Yolanda-affected areas. The Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP) was then formulated integrating the short-, medium-, and long-term programs. The CRRP provides details of the implementation modalities and establishes guidance for the implementing national departments and agencies of government. The CRRP is based on the policy guidance that comes from RAY and provides Projects, Programs, and Activities (PPAs) to meet the needs as identified in the post-disaster needs assessment.
Typhoon Yolanda, internationally known as Haiyan, was one of the strongest storms ever recorded, with wind speeds of more than 300 kilometers per hour (km/h) and storm surges of over four meters. The typhoon made its first landfall in the Philippines on 8 November 2013 and crossed the central part of the country, severely affecting more than 170 cities and municipalities in 14 provinces across six regions found within a 100-kilometer (km) storm track. The typhoon caused widespread flooding and landslides, which brought about thousands of deaths and unprecedented damage to the affected areas. Although rescue and relief operations were underway by 9 November 2013, most places remained isolated and without aid for days due to impassable roads, widespread power outage, and damaged communication and transportation facilities. The extent of the devastation prompted President Benigno S. Aquino III to declare a state of national calamity through Proclamation No. 682 on 11 November 2013. All departments and other concerned government agencies initiated rescue, relief, rehabilitation, and recovery work in accordance with pertinent government operational plans and directives. Alongside government efforts, local and international organizations and volunteers came together to extend assistance to the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda and took part in what would be one of the greatest concerted relief and recovery efforts witnessed in recent history.