Red Cross’s Tent City opens Friday in SRP

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

THE Tent City installed by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) at the South Road Properties (SRP) will open on Friday.

Survivors of typhoon Yolanda who fled Tacloban and other parts of the Eastern Visayas will be housed in the area.

SRP Management Chief Roberto Varquez said 15 tents have already been put up.

The PRC promised to put up 120 tents.

In an earlier interview, PRC Cebu Chapter head Vic Jay Gonzal said each family will be assigned in one enclosed tent.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 will decide which families to transfer first in the tent city.

Varquez said they temporarily stopped installing the tents yesterday to continue leveling the ground in SRP.

They are also waiting for the additional filling materials to be used in the area.

Some transients have expressed their concerns such as the lack of privacy in the barangay gyms.

Currently, there are still four evacuation centers in the city, which include the Tinago Sports Complex, Cogon Ramos Sports Complex, Guadalupe Gym and the Capitol Parish Gym.

As of yesterday, Department of Social Welfare and Sevices (DSWS) 7 Chief Ester Concha said there are still 318 transients in the centers in the city.

Close to 50 transients already returned to Tacloban and other places in Eastern Visayas last week.

This, after they heard that their area is slowly recovering from the calamity that hit them.

Varquez said Mayor Michael Rama will inspect the Tent City before Friday to see if the area is ready.

The tent city is in a one-hectare property out of the three-hectare City Hall block in SRP.

The Tent City will have its own water and electricity supply. It has a playground for children, meeting hall, cooking and dining area, comfort rooms, shower rooms and washing area.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 03, 2013.

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