Beng leads bunkhouses’ turnover in Tulungatung PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 November 2013 10:31

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday led government agencies in the turnover of 21 bunkhouses for about 500 evacuee-families at the city’s resettlement site in Barangay Tulungatung as the city government intensifies its early recovery and rehabilitation efforts following the 23-day siege last September.

In her message, Mayor Climaco thanked the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Field Office 9 headed by Regional Director Zenny Arevalo for funding the bunkhouse project amounting to P6,195,408.00.

She also thanked the 545th Engineer Construction Battalion, 52nd Engineer Brigade of the Philippine Army which was responsible for the construction of the bunkhouses with some units still under construction, including those implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

According to Climaco, the initial 21 bunkhouses with 12 rooms each could accommodate about 500 families from the different evacuation centers, mostly from the JFE Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan.

She explained that the bunkhouses are temporary shelters for the evacuees but are more comfortable and safe than the evacuation centers.

“I would like to make it clear that we do not force the evacuees to transfer here. Only those who are willing stay here are accommodated and they have to pass through social preparation and orientation on the situation of the site because we want to give them comfortable temporary shelters,” Climaco stressed.

She the evacuees who moved to the bunkhouses are asked to sign a waiver that should the city government could come up with permanent shelters they are willing to vacate the bunkhouses.

“We just want to give the evacuees more safe and comfortable shelters. The grandstand is not conducive for the families to stay because it was not built for housing but for sports,” the lady chief executive pointed out.

The mayor said she already received a request from Public Works and Highways Sec. Rogelio Singson for the city to look for a site where to construct the permanent shelters because President Aquino is expected to review all of the recovery and rehabilitation plans next week.

Present during the turnover rites were Western Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero, 545th Engineer Construction Battalion commander Lt. Col. Arnold Dayao, Councilors Charlie Mariano, Mel Sadain, Luis Biel and Pinpin Pareja together with Assistant City Administrator Elmier Apolinarion, and members of the different early recovery clusters. — Vic Larato