Papal visit to highlight post-Yolanda recovery efforts

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The historic visit of Pope Francis in Leyte will bring post-Yolanda rehabilitation efforts into a spotlight more than a year ago after the super typhoon ravaged Leyte province.

Tacloban Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TFFCCI) president Jack Uy said that it’s an opportunity of the world to see the progress of recovery in Tacloban and nearby Palo town.

“After the super typhoon Yolanda anniversary, there has been less media attention about post-Yolanda recovery. Now that Pope Francis is coming, the whole world will see the present condition of Tacloban and Palo,” Uy told reporters.

“Through the massive coverage of international media, the world will be able to see how their donations helped improve the post-disaster situation and things that need to be done,” he added.

Department of Trade and Industry Regional Director Cynthia R. Nierras said the papal visit that brought a million of visitors to Leyte will highlight improvement in typhoon-weary areas.

“Visitors will see new hotels, restaurants and businesses in the city that they did not see in the immediate aftermath of Yolanda,” Nierras said.

Pope Francis will visit this city and nearby Palo town for six hours to lead an outdoor mass, 12-kilometer motorcade, lunch with 30 disaster survivors, blessing of home for orphans and elderly, meet with the priest and religious and bless a mass grave. (PNA)