Philippine President Duterte Creates Typhoon Recovery Task Force

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has created a task force to monitor rehabilitation efforts in areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Yolanda, also known as Typhoon Haiyan, is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record. Winds up to 315 kph killed at least 6,300 people when the tropical storm hit land in 2013.

On Aug. 8, Duterte signed Administrative Order 5, creating an inter-agency task force to implement and oversee typhoon recovery programs in affected areas.

The task force is made up of the cabinet secretary as well as the presidential assistant for the Visayas and presidential assistant for Special Concerns, among others.

The order called for the task force to consult affected communities and NGOs in creating and implementing recovery programs.

According to the order, the task force will submit reports to Duterte every month, or as often as he requires.