Temporary shelters to rise at grandstand PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 October 2013 13:56

Around 400 hundred families are set to benefit from the temporary shelters to be established by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex.

According to DSWD Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo, a total of 21 bunkhouses will be constructed at the Grandstand, with the assistance of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Engineering Brigade and the International Organization on Migration (IOM).

Each bunkhouse will have 12 rooms, with each room capable of accommodating at least 10-15 persons.

A total of Php 10 million will go into the construction of the shelters, said Arevalo.

Aside from the construction of the Grandstand bunkhouses, the DSWD is also working with the evacuees and displaced families to prepare them for the resettlement process.

“We need to identify who are those people who will be qualified to stay at the bunkhouses because there are some families who prefer to stay with relatives, but there are also families who would not have a place to go back,” said Arevalo.

The latter, she said, would be the first priority in the identification of families for the bunkhouses.

Meanwhile, 3 evacuation centers have ceased operations as families have begun moving out. The numbers of those returning home, however, are still limited as several barangays have not yet been cleared and remain closed off to the public.

“We are hoping that in time we would be able to encourage these families to go back to their respective places,” said Arevalo, adding that there are 13 evacuation centers still open and operational.

The development of resettlement sites and construction of temporary and permanent shelters continue to be the foremost priorities of the local government as it takes on the gargantuan task of rebuilding and reconstruction.

Through the City Planning and Development Office, the local government has initiated resettlement projects in the identified sites of Taluksangay and Tulungatung.

These include the construction of temporary bunkhouse shelters, and the establishment of permanent homes in the form of houses on stilts, which will be undertaken in coordination with the DSWD, the IOM, the National Housing Authority, the Habitat for Humanity and the Gawad Kalinga.

“Whether they be relocated or whether we will build them, what is important is we want to build a home better than what they [evacuees] came from,” reassured Mayor Beng Climaco.