2,784 families to benefit from P111-M temporary shelter project in E. Visayas

TACLOBAN CITY – The P111.28 million temporary shelter project established by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Eastern Visayas will benefit 2,784 families whose houses were destroyed by typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) in the region.

Although there are less casualties in Eastern Samar, more bunkhouse units will be built there since there are less number of concrete buildings that would provide shelter to survivors, according to DPWH regional director Rolando Asis.

Asis said the construction of 116 bunkhouses started Monday and will be completed within a week.

Of the 116 units, 10 will be built in Barangay Abucay in Tacloban; 11 in Government Center in Palo, Leyte; 18 in first housing project site in Basey, Samar; 18 in Marabut, Samar; 26 in Guiuan, Eastern Samar; 30 in Hernani, Eastern Samar; and three in Giporlos, Eastern Samar.

Each unit, with a floor area of 196 square meters will cost P959,360 based on the DPWH initial estimates.

A single bunkhouse will have 24 rooms for 24 families. The size of each room is 8.64 square meters.

Asis said the shelter is made of coco lumber wooden frames, GI sheet roofing, plywood walls and flooring, and cement footing.

“For every bunkhouse, there is a common restroom, bathroom and cooking area but we will make sure that there is enough facilities for every family,” Asis said in a briefing.

Bunkhouses are also up for construction in Barangay Pago, Tanauan, Leyte; in Barangays San Roque and Olot in Tolosa, Leyte.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman said now that food requirement of survivors have been addressed, they will be moving to the next step — providing temporary shelters to the homeless.

“Since the number of bunkhouses will not be able to provide shelter to all displaced families, priorities will be given to households with pregnant women, infant, persons with disabilities and sickly senior citizens,” she said.

The DSWD chief said the project will just serve as temporarily shelter while the local government is still in the process of identifying residential sites to rebuild communities.

For those who will not be accommodated in bunkhouses, the DSWD will distribute tents now stored in warehouses.

“We need 16 trucks more to bring tents to affected areas in addition to 62 trucks from the government and private sector that have been mobilized to transport relief goods,” Soliman said.

As of Monday, the DSWD has distributed 1,611,489 food packs to 273,782 affected families in typhoon-ravaged towns in Eastern Visayas.

The storm that battered central Philippines on November 8 has killed 5,240 people and 1,613 are still missing as of yesterday, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. (PNA)

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