Ejercito: Cases to be filed vs parties responsible for housing anomalies Print
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 16:29

By RG Antonet Go

Manila- Cases will be filed against people who will be found responsible for irregularities in government housing intended for calamity victims.

This was the assurance given by Senator JV Ejercito, Senate Chairman on Urban Housing, Planning and Resettlement, after the first hearing on government resettlement and relocation programs on disaster affected areas was held yesterday at the Philippine Senate.

Zamboanga City officials were invited due to reported problems on the Zamboanga Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) program, which also became the subject of another probe by the House of Representatives.

Contrary to the Senate investigation which includes all housing projects for calamity victims, the inquiry conducted by the House of Representatives solely focuses on Z3R Housing.

The senate investigation focuses on the alleged use of substandard materials, delays in the implementation of projects and lack of basic facilities.

Senator Loren Legarda expressed disgust, saying “It’s really substandard. This is an example of how we waste money.”

She required the National Housing Authority (NHA) to submit a list of persons in charge of the projects such as site and project engineers.

Ejercito said that P64-billion had already been spent by the government for the housing projects intended for victims of the 2013 Zamboanga siege, and typhoons Yolanda and Pablo.

“Victims na nga ng calamity, ang ibibigay nabahay, disaster pa,” Ejercito said.

Ejercito assured that cases will be filed if the investigation finds out that they are liable.

Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar echoed Ejercito’s statement, saying that she wanted accountable people to be penalized.

“We do not want the victims to further suffer,” said Climaco- Salazar.

Another hearing will be called on Monday to be participated by contractors.

Two more hearings will be called by the committee to determine culpability on alleged irregularities hounding the housing programs.

Senators Gringo Honasan and Joel Villanueva were also present during the committee hearing. (RGAAGo)