By: Roy Bersales
THE previous administration has allotted some P39.2 Billion for the construction of the houses of the victims of the super typhoon Yolanda (international Hain), but only P9.1 Billion was used three years after the deadly typhoon hit some parts of the Eastern Visayas Region in 2013.
Aside from the huge amount, P359.3 Million were donated by local and international organizations to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the construction of the structures of the victims of the typhoon.
Unfortunately, Ibon Foundation said around 62 percent of the more than 3,000 target of core houses have not been put up until this year.
This information was validated by DSWD.
As to the P39.2 Billion funds that were given to the National Housing Authority (NHA), only P9.1 Billion has been used in putting up houses at the Ridgeview.
Ridgeview is one of the areas where the victims were relocated apparently for their safety from future typhoons.
Ibon strongly asserted that the previous government lacks “will” to do their responsibility and assignment in carrying out its promise to the victims.
The group, however, lamented the fact that the several houses that have been put up were very weak.
They found out that the structures in Ridgeview, for example, were sub-standard.
The group said the residents need to buy potable water since the water system has not been put up.
This one is an additional burden to them since majority of them have no regular jobs.
Even the DSWD is extremely disappointed with what the previous government has done.
The DSWD is hoping that this will be corrected this time so that the agony of the victims would eventually solved.