Bunkhouses soon to rise in Tulungatung PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:50

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)  will start to construct this week the bunkhouses in  Barangay Tulungatung  for families affected by armed conflict  between government troops and the Moro National Liberation Front- Nur Misuari faction.

The area was identified by the local government unit.

According to DSWD Region IX Director Zenaida Arevalo,  45 bunkhouses will be constructed at the site.  Of the total, 26 will be built by the 52nd Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army while the rest will be constructed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

She said that the Tulungatung site  is about four hectares with enough space for the latrines, community kitchens,  and other facilities.

The bunkhouses will have 12 rooms each and can accommodate 8,100 persons. Each bunkhouse will have five cubicles for latrines and two bathing rooms.

Meanwhile, Director Arevalo stressed that the number of bunkhouses to be constructed at the JFE Sports Complex has been limited to ten units due to health and sanitation issues.  At present, around 4,000 families are staying there.

“From the original plan to construct 41 bunkhouses at the grandstand,  only ten units will be built while the remaining will be put up at Barangay Tulungatung,” Director Arevalo explained.

She  added that eight bunkhouses are already constructed at the grandstand.  The Department will meet with local officials to determine the families who will occupy these temporary shelters. — DSWD-Social Marketing Service