The Manila Times - Senate set to start probe on bunkhouses

In The News
26 January 2014

By Jefferson Antiporda | The Manila Times

The-Manila-Times-NetTHE Senate committee on public works has invited Secretary Panfilo Lacson, the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, and Public Works chief Rogelio Singson to shed light on the alleged substandard and overpriced bunkhouses for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., chair of the committee, said Lacson could provide useful information that will help the committee unearth the truth behind the alleged anomaly.

The rehabilitation czar earlier claimed receiving information that the bunkhouses were substandard.

Singson, who is expected to appear at the hearing on Wednesday, admitted that some of the specifications in the construction of the bunkhouses were not followed.

The Public Works chief however denied allegations on overpricing.

Also invited to the hearing is architect and urban planner Arch. Felino Palafox, who insisted that the bunkhouses were “substandard and undersized, and are not fit for human habitation.”

“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.

Meanwhile, the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will resume its investigation on the multi-billion-peso pork barrel scam on Thursday, focusing on the registration, accreditation, and monitoring of non-government organizations involved in government contracts.

The blue ribbon panel also requested Commission on Audit Chairman Grace Pulido-Tan, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Teresita Herbosa, and Governance Commission for Government Owned or Controlled Corporations chief Cesar Villanueva to appear at the Senate.