People's Journal - Marcos seeks Lacson help in typhoon shelter probe

In The News
27 January 2014

By Bernadette E. Tamayo | People's Journal

Featured-Image-Journal-OnlineSENATOR Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. has sought the help of former Sen.Panfilo Lacson in the Upper Chamber’s inquiry into the reported “anomalous construction” of temporary shelters for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda.

Marcoss recently filed Senate Resolution No. 439 seeking an inquiry into the scandal 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,” he said.

Marcos, chairman of the Senate Public Works Committee conducting the probe, has invited Lacson, Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, to the hearing on January 29, to shed light on the controversy. Lacson earlier bared that the construction of bunkhouses is under investigation amid reports the bunkhouses built 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. Also invited as resource person is architect and urban planner Felino Palafox who insisted that the bunkhouses were “substandard and undersized, and they are not fit for human habitation.”

The Senate panel also summoned Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson since the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is responsible for the construction of the temporary shelters. Singson had denied the alleged overpricing and vowed to resign if such reports were proven true. But Singson admitted the possibility that some of the specifications in the construction of the bunkhouses were not followed.