Marcos files resolution calling for Senate probe of alleged overpriced and substandard bunkhouses for Yolanda survivors

9 January 2014

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. filed Thursday a resolution calling for a Senate probe of the alleged sub-standard and overpriced bunkhouses build for survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” in the Visayas region.

Marcos’ Senate Resolution No. 439 directs the Senate Committee on Public Works to conduct an investigation in aid of legislation to the reported overpricing and substandard bunkhouses.

He said the probe is meant to institute corrective measures to ensure the safety and security of those displaced by the catastrophe.

“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 stressed.

“Nagulat ako at nabahala sa mga balitang ito kaya nag-decide ako na mag-file ng resolution so we can get to the bottom of this and find out the real score,” he added.

Marcos said he is visiting Tacloban next week to inspect the controversial bunkhouses.

Yolanda’s devastation reportedly displaced more than 200, 000 families and destroyed more than 500,000 houses in Region VII alone.

As part of the effort to help the survivors the government started constructing bunk houses made of galvanized iron sheets, plywood and cement, to serve as temporary shelters for families rendered homeless by Yolanda.

However, world-renowned architect and urban planner Felino Palafox, Jr. questioned the quality of the bunk houses, claiming that these are undersized and substandard based on international criteria in the construction of temporary shelters and are, therefore, unfit for human habitation.

There were also reports alleging that the bunkhouses are overpriced, with the possible collusion between favored contractors and local politicians, and that contractors might not have followed the specifications set by the Department of Public Works and Highways.