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Watch: Substandard, Unfinished P290-Million Housing Project for Yolanda Victims in Iloilo (Video)

A P290-million government housing project for victims of super typhoon Yolanda in November 2013 in Concepcion, Iloilo is now under criticism for being substandard and still unfinished, 5 years after it was started. This is according to RMN Iloilo, wherein a video posted on Facebook showed locals checking the walls. Watch video below.

In an open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, RMN Iloilo said that the questionable housing project is located at Bacjawan. It was built under the National Housing Authority (NHA) of the past administration, and the contractor is Hercar Builders. So far, it is under the thorough investigation of the Sangguniang Bayan of Concepcion, Iloilo.

As you can hear on the video, people were speaking in their local dialect, explaining that the construction materials used in the housing project are substandard. You can see also a big hole in the wall, and a man tried to dig it further, revealing evidence that the walls are not made of solid cement, very weak, and therefore very unsafe to live in.

Early this month, Manila Bulletin reported that beneficiaries of the said housing project have been complaining since July 2017. Among their complaints are unfinished restrooms; shaky wall partitions; lack of doors and windows; leaky roofing system during rainy weather; and cracked concrete roads, and no potable water system for daily needs.

Based on the report, a local philanthropist named Rhett Zerrudo visits the housing project weekly for feeding programs of a Christian church. He was reportedly informed that Mayor Milliard Villanueva and Town Councilor Reymond Gabayeron tried to call the attention of NHA officials and the contractor about the problems, but remain unsolved.

Zerrudo reportedly called the Presidential Complaint Center, a frontline desk in Malacañang, but still, no concrete actions have been taken. Meanwhile, NHA Regional Project Manager Luz Ysatam noted that Hercar Builders will not be paid until the problems are fixed. Nevertheless, we hope that it will be attended religiously this time.


 
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