President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the term of the inter-agency task force formed in 2017 to monitor the rehabilitation and recovery projects in areas hit by the Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Administrative Order (AO) 33 signed on Sept. 16 prolonged the term of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF)  for the Unified Implementation and Monitoring of Rehabilitation and Recovery Projects and Programs in Yolanda-affected areas until Duterte’s presidency ends on June 30, 2022. 

According to the AO, 129,484 housing units have been completed and 241 resettlement projects have been provided with electricity.

Construction of 49,112 housing units and electricity connections to 122 resettlement areas have yet to be completed.

“To facilitate the completion of projects, as well as other component programs… there is a need to extend the term of IATF-Yolanda,” the AO read.

The task force’s validity was supposed to expire last Aug. 12.

Super Typhoon Yolanda killed 6,300 people and injured more than 28,000 people when it hit the Visayas in November 2013. John Ezekiel J. Hirro