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InterAksyon - Senate to summon Lacson, Singson on probe of overpriced Yolanda bunkhouses

In The News
26 January 2014

By Ernie Reyes | InterAksyon

InterAksyon-TV5MANILA, Philippines - The Senate committee on public works has summoned Rehabilitation and Recover Secretary Panfilo Lacson and Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson to its probe on the alleged anomalous construction of temporary shelters for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda.

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr., chairman of the committee, said the two were summoned as resource persons in the committee’s initial hearing on the controversial bunkhouses on Wednesday, January 29.

Lacson, who was tapped by the administration as Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recover, earlier bared that the construction of bunkhouses is under investigation after he received information that the bunkhouses that were built for Yolanda survivors were substandard.

“I believe Secretary Lacson could provide the committee with invaluable information that would help us shed light on the alleged anomaly surrounding the construction of the bunkhouses for Yolanda survivors,” Marcos said.

Singson heads the DPWH, which is responsible for the construction of the temporary shelters.

While Singson had denied the alleged overpricing and offered to resign if such reports were proven true, he admitted the possibility that some of the specifications in the construction of the bunkhouses were not followed.

Included among invited resource persons is architect and urban planner Felino Palafox, who insisted that the bunkhouses were “substandard and undersized, and they are not fit for human habitation.”

Following the reports on the alleged anomaly in the construction of the bunkhouses Marcos filed Senate Resolution 439 seeking a Senate probe aimed at instituting corrective measures to ensure the safety and security of those displaced by typhoon Yolanda.

“It is crucial to look into these issues to make sure that the victims of Yolanda will no longer be victimized further by corruption and abuses perpetrated by the callous culprits who take advantage of the desolate condition in the affected areas,” Marcos said in his resolution.