Bunkhouses for evacuees eyed in Tulungatung site PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 October 2013 11:02

The city government is studying the possibility of constructing bunkhouses at the city-owned relocation site in Barangay Tulungatung to temporarily house the thousands of evacuee-families presently sheltering at the Enriquez Sports Complex

The primary intention is to protect the children and adults from contagious diseases that are common this time among evacuees at the sports complex which came after the heavy rains, said Rodrigo Pagotaisidro of the local housing office.

Moreover, Pagotaisidro said that evacuees are now suffering because of the muddy grounds that really affect their daily household activities.

“The government is very willing to spend for the construction of temporary shelters outside the grandstand for them (evacuees) to be safe from any illnesses due to a congested space and to more or less live a normal life,” Pagotaisidro explained.

A focus group discussion among leaders of the affected communities was called by Pagotaisidro to get ideas and suggestions for him to be able to ventilate in the next Crisis Management Committee meeting.

During discussions, officials of the six affected barangays like Mariki, Rio Hondo, Sta.Barbara, Sta. Catalina, Kasanyangan and Talon-Talon were one in urging the Crisis Management Committee headed by Mayor Beng Climaco to allow their constituents to go back to their houses particularly in the areas that have already been cleared by the PNP and military instead of relocating them to areas which are not fitted for the kind of livelihood that they are into like fishing and seaweed farming.

Not so much for Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina, Kasanyangan and Talon-Talon, leaders of Rio Hondo and Mariki have expressed doubts that the temporary relocation site might already become the permanent place for their residents.

“We suggest that CMC should come up with an agreement stating among others the time line kung hanggang kalian kami titira sa bagong relocation site so the affected families can go back to their respective houses,” Mr. Mukaram, narangay chairman of Rio Hondo suggested as he said that many of the houses in his community were not affected by the fires that broke out during the three-week armed conflict.

Pagotaisidro further explained that after the military and PNP clearing operation, the government will come in for the rehabilitation of the areas affected by the conflic like the electric and water connections, construction or rehabilitation of the drainage system, improvement of road network and proper tagging of houses.

This process will take time to complete and that is  why the city government, through the local housing office, should look into the welfare of the evacuees like providing them safe and clean environment, Pagotaisidro said.

He assured that the government would really extend assistance to the victims particularly the land owners. The plight of home sharers and tenants will also be looked into by the government. — Jimmy Villaflores