House wants Nov. 8 as ‘Yolanda Day’
The House of Representatives has expressed hope that the Senate will act on its approved bill declaring Nov. 8 of every year a special non-working holiday in the Eastern Visayas Region to be known as “Typhoon Yolanda Resiliency Day.”
House Bill 6591, principally authored by Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez of Leyte, honors all those who perished as Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan), cut a wide swath of destruction in the Visayan region on November 8, 2013. It has been approved on third and final reading at the Lower House and referred to the Senate for action.
The bill was also intended as a salute to the resiliency and selflessness of volunteers and organizations that took part and contributed to the recovery and rehabilitation of all communities affected by Typhoon “Yolanda.”
Covered by the declaration is the Eastern Visayas Region which is composed of the highly urbanized City of Tacloban, and the provinces of Leyte, Biliran, Southern Leyte, Northern Samar, Western Samar and Eastern Samar.
The bill noted the impact of the strongest typhoon in recorded history was most felt heavily by the economic and social sectors, which together sustained nearly 93 percent of the total damage and loss.