Shelter for homeless families in Philippines

IMG_4893TEMPORARY shelters will be put up for some 2,800 families left homeless after the onslaught of typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) in Central Philippines on November 8.

Secretary Rogelio Singson of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Friday said 142 bunkhouse units in 29 different sites in Eastern Visayas are being constructed on a fast-track mode.

Singson assured that 119 bunkhouse units could be finished before December 22 and the rest on or before New Year.

He said the 119 temporary shelters, each comprising 24 units of dwellings, will house a total of 2,856 families.

The construction of these bunkhouses is closely being supervised by DPWH Regional Directors and District Engineers from the Regions 4A, 4B, 5, 10, 11, 13 and National Capital Region.

Singson has also instructed his men in Manila to assist DPWH Region 8 in the emergency works in the devastated areas of Eastern Visayas.

He said the bunkhouses will be turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for distribution to beneficiaries once they are finished.

Three units in Barangay Abucay, Tacloban City on the other hand will be completed by December 22.

Site development and construction activities in 29 different sites were temporarily hampered by sporadic heavy rains being experienced in the area recently.

However, private contractors tapped by DPWH have committed to work double time during good weather to facilitate the completion of these bunkhouses.

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