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Philippines says typhoon rebuilding could top $5B

Philippines says typhoon rebuilding could top $5B

HAIYAN'S COST: Thousands were killed when the super storms struck the Philippines. Photo: Associated Press

MANILA (Reuters) – The cost of rebuilding houses, schools, roads and bridges in typhoon-devastated central Philippines could reach 250 billion pesos ($5.8 billion), making it likely that the government will seek cheap loans from development agencies, a senior official said on Tuesday.

If the government is successful in deploying resources for post-typhoon reconstruction, the economy may even grow faster, said Arsenio Balisacan, economic planning secretary, adding the country’s strong economic fundamentals remained intact.

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“I would not be surprised if it can go as high as 250 billion,” Balisacan told Reuters, commenting on the likely cost of reconstruction.

($1 = 43.4 Philippine pesos)

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