November 27, 2013
(TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte) More establishments, banks, restaurants and gasoline stations are now re-opening here three weeks following the wrought of super typhoon "Yolanda."
City administrator John Tecson Lim, during an inter-agency meeting, said the city is gradually getting back on its feet with more and more businesses resuming operations each day.
Lim gave credit to Landbank, which brought in four mobile ATMs to provide faster banking services to typhoon victims. One of the mobile ATMs is stationed in Tacloban City Hall.
Lim also noted that while grocery stores have yet to reopen, there are several small sari-sari stores and satellite markets opening to cater to the needs of affected families.
"Marami nang sari-sari stores na nakabukas which is a very very good sign," he said.
Lim reminded the people to remain vigilant against overpricing noting that it is punishable by law.
"Kung meron ho kayong napansin na presyo na masyadong mataas, it is also provided for by law in the Disaster Risk Management Law...The increasing of prices during times of calamities is an illegal act that may be duly prosecuted upon. So please report it to us," he said.
Six out of the 26 gasoline stations here have resumed operations, he added.
He also announced the reopening of Detti Panis Salon along Burgos Street for those who want to avail of haircuts and other beauty services.
Several hardware shops and auto-repair shops have also resumed operations such as Hyundai Tacloban Service; RRC Tire Master and Leyte Home Depot, one of the biggest hardware shops in Tacloban.
Courier and remittance centers that have reopened include Cebuana Lhuillier along Del Pilar and Marasbaras in front of Robinsons; Palawan Express along Real Street open; and USSC Service Center in Sto Nino. These remittances centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hotels that are now operational include: Welcome Home Pensione, Asia Stars Hotel, Grand D' Manor, Hotel Alejandro, Hotel Consuelo, Hotel Lorenza, Layrico Hotel, Leyte Park Hotel, Luxury Suites, Primrose Hotel, among others.
"Most of the hotels reopened but with limited capacity due to damage in some of the rooms," Lim said. PND (jb)