P290-million Yolanda housing site slammed

Published March 8, 2018, 10:36 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — Another P290-million government housing project for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda in Concepcion town, Iloilo province is deemed sub-standard.

Since July 2017, beneficiaries have complained of the poor living conditions in the relocation project of National Housing Authority (NHA) in Bacjawan Sur village.

National Housing Authority (Manila Bulletin)
National Housing Authority (Manila Bulletin)

They decried the roofing system that leaks during rainy weather; unfinished restrooms; lack of doors and windows; wobbly wall partitions; and cracked concrete roads.

Hercor Construction Corp., the housing project’s contractor, also failed to install potable water system that forced residents to install a pump to access groundwater. But it poses health risks as the pump is only four meters away from the septic tank.

“They aren’t pigs. They are humans. They should be treated as humans,” decried Rhett Zerrudo, a philanthropist.

Zerrudo, who visits the housing site for weekly feeding programs of a Christian church, was approached by complainants. They told Zerrudo the problems remained unsolved even when Mayor Milliard Villanueva and Town Councilor Reymond Gabayeron tried to call the attention of NHA officials and the contractor.

This prompted Zerrudo to call the Presidential Complaint Center, a front line desk in Malacañang. But no concrete actions have been taken.

Meanwhile, NHA in Western Visayas assured it is addressing the issue. NHA Regional Project Manager Luz Ysatam told Manila Bulletin it will conduct a dialogue with the complainants. Ysatam also said contractor Hercor will not be paid unless the problems are fixed.