6 months after Yolanda, 5,000 families still no shelter

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Saturday, May 24, 2014


TACLOBAN CITY -- Six months after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit Eastern Visayas region, close to 5,000 families still need shelter assistance, a local official said Saturday.

City Mayor Alfred Romualdez said some 400 to 500 families remain in the evacuation centers while 700 are living in the tent city, the temporary shelters built for families who lost their homes in the storm.

Also, some 4,000 families living near the areas identified as danger zones need to be relocated to safer ground, he added.

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Romualdez said that if the national government downloaded the funds to the affected local government units, they would have prioritized the building of permanent shelters for the typhoon survivors.

"You don't need a rocket scientist to figure that out, you just see our people need the help, our people need the shelter, the people needs the safety that's why you help them out of there in order to put them in arms and safety," Romualdez said.

The mayor said the bunkhouses earlier built by the Department of Public Works and Highways were not issued electrical permits by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) since they were classified as "substandard."

"There is no definite definition of a temporary shelter. When you put up a temporary shelter, actually nagumpisa yan bunkhouse. Noong hinde pumasa ang standard ng bunkhouse, ang sabi nila hinde kami susunod kami sa international standard, susunod kami sa local standard. Apparently kahit sa local standard hindi pumasa kaya inexempt nila sa lahat ng standard dahil temporary naman ito. (The problem with that is) walang kuryente dahil hindi pumapasa Bureau of Fire (Protection) dahil (substandard nga)," the mayor said.

Temporary shelters should also be near to the permanent houses so that the families can easily adjust and adapt to the location, he added.

Meanwhile, Romualdez said that at present around 80 to 85 percent of electricity has been restored in Tacloban but only less than 10-percent of the houses were repaired. (Sunnex)

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