President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the meeting on Yolanda rehabilitation updates at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (May 16, 2014). (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the meeting on Yolanda rehabilitation updates at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (May 16, 2014). (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A government official on Tuesday defended the rehabilitation plan for Yolanda after a consortium of international aid agencies called the Reconstruction Assistance for Yolanda (RAY) plan “woefully out of date.”

RAY is only meant to be “an immediate assessment of the losses and needs” of the affected areas to guide donor assistance and government agencies right after the disaster, said Atty. Karen Jimeno, Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) communications director.

RAY was developed by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in December 2013, only a month after Yolanda hit central Philippines.

However, there is a second RAY that NEDA is currently working on, but it is not yet clear when it will be published.

The consortium called Scaling Up Resilience and Governance (SURGE) also noted the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) “has yet to be released.”

The PDNA is “key to strengthening transparency and accountability,” said the consortium, which counts among its members Oxfam, Christian Aid, Handicap International, and Plan International who were all involved in post-Yolanda recovery and rehabilitation efforts.

PDNA, a more comprehensive report, has already been done but has not yet been signed by Aquino. He also did not mention the document during his SONA.

Meanwhile, the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP) – OPARR’s comprehensive masterplan for the recovery and rehabilitation of Yolanda-affected areas, will be presented to the President on August 1, Jimeno said.

In this report, RAY 1, PDNA, and RAY 2 will all be incorporated.

Jimeno said that despite the absence of official PDNA and RAY 2 reports, OPARR will still push through with the presentation of the CRRP to Aquino on August 1.

“The CRRP is also a draft until officially approved by the President. We have copies of the drafts of RAY 2 and PDNA, and these were taken into account when drafting the CRRP,” Jimeno said in a text message to GMA News Online on Tuesday. (MNS)