Solons support call of Romualdez bloc to expedite housing projects for Yolanda victims
• December 19, 2014
• Written by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
• Published in Top Stories
MORE lawmakers have expressed yesterday their strong support to the call of the House independent bloc for the government to expedite its implementation of its permanent housing projects for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda.
Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez and Gabriela party-list Rep. Luzviminda “Luz” Ilagan echoed the position of Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, the head of the House independent bloc, for the government to involve the community in finding permanent lands where they can build their own permanent housing.
Benitez, who chairs the House committee on housing and urban development, said the government can fast track the permanent housing projects in Yolanda-hit areas by giving materials to the people. “We should tap the community where we can give the materials for the construction of their permanent housing,” said Benitez after conducting a joint probe with the Senate on Yolanda housing projects in Tacloban City.
Ilagan lamented the snail-paced government action, aggravating the sad condition of Yolanda survivors. “It’s very unfortunate that Yolanda survivors continue to suffer because of some incompetent and corrupt government officials. It’s been a long while and huge funds have been spent, and yet they continue to stay in the very dangerous so-called tent cities,” said Ilagan.
Earlier, Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon called on the House committee on social services to conduct an onsite investigation of bunkhouses built for victims of super typhoon Yolanda that were easily destroyed by the recent typhoon Ruby. In House Resolution (HR) No. 1763, Ridon called on the Lower House to “look into bunkhouses built for victims of Typhoon Yolanda that were damaged or destroyed after the onslaught of Typhoon Ruby, to determine possible liabilities for substandard construction that compromised the safety and welfare of the survivors.”
The lawmaker also called for a probe on the slow-paced construction of permanent housing in Yolanda-affected areas.
Ruby (international name Hagupit) was recorded as the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year. He said issues of substandard quality and overpricing have surrounded the rebuilding efforts since it began.
In HR No. 1763, Ridon noted that there has been a total of P13.5-billion appropriated for the construction of 46,129 permanent housing units for Yolanda-devastated areas. However, as of December 2014, only 1,595 permanent housing units were constructed.