PNoy to officials: Solve Davao power problem or resign

Posted at 02/25/2014 3:29 PM | Updated as of 02/25/2014 5:27 PM

CEBU CITY - Meet the deadline or resign.

President Benigno Aquino III has given a one-week deadline to officials of relevant agencies to address the lack of electricity in some areas in Davao Oriental more than a year after typhoon Pablo hit.

Aquino visited Cateel town Monday as part of the commemoration of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.

He reiterated his displeasure over the lack of electricity when he spoke to reporters before leaving for Bantayan Island in Cebu.

"Pinapaliwanag ko ngayon lahat ng kaukulang departamento bakit naman over a year later, 'di pa nababalikan ito. Tapos 'yun, medyo burukrasya lang talaga, nagkaturuan, nagkapasahan kung sino ang dapat tumugon," he said.

"Ngayon, pinadama ko na sa kaukulang mga ahensya na hindi ako natutuwa sa kanila. Ibig sabihin nun, by next week pinafollow-up ko, kalian na ba magkakaroon ng kuryente 'tong malawakan or kalian kayo magsu-submit ng resignation niyo. Dalawa lang 'yun e. Simple lang naman ako kausap e. May trabaho tayo lahat, gawin n'yo ang trabaho n'yo or sorry."

Meantime, Aquino said that funds are available for reconstruction efforts in Bantayan Island. He said ensuring that schools and hospitals are not built on danger zones is contributing to the delay in construction projects.

He also denied that government has done little in rebuilding communities affected by typhoon "Yolanda."

"Ang laki nung problema, more than half of our provinces were affected, and I think 'yung government demonstrated that... We may not have been perfect and I'll admit that. Pero para sabihin na we didn't exercise a maximum effort e medyo over naman yata 'yon," he said.