Extended bunkhouse stay in private lot approved

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Friday, March 20, 2015

THE Tacloban City Council approved a resolution extending the stay of bunkhouse dwellers for the third time in a lot owned by International Pharmaceuticals Inc. (IPI) until June 30.

The resolution is in response to the query of IPI management as to when will the City Government transfer displaced families in bunkhouses to temporary shelters or permanent houses, said Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin.

The families were displaced by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which struck Leyte and other provinces in central Philippines on November 2013.


When the government built bunkhouses late 2013, the families were supposed to stay at the IPI lot for six months only, but it was extended until December 2014. It was then re-extend to March 2015.

“Hopefully, this will be the last extension and we hope that we can transfer them before the new school year starts,” said Yaokasin.

About 500 families from three coastal villages are still living in IPI bunkhouses.

“The IPI management are very compassionate toward the victims of Typhoon Yolanda and so cooperative with us. But what we are really aiming at is to transfer these families to a permanent site,” added Yaokasin.

Residents are set to be transferred to new houses in Cabalawan village that are being constructed by the National Housing Authority for displaced families.

“We hope that the government hastens the construction of their permanent shelters so they can transfer there soon,” Yaokasin said. (PNA)

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