TACLOBAN CITY, (PNA) — The city council here approved a resolution extending the stay of bunkhouse dwellers for the third time, in a lot owned by International Pharmaceuticals Inc. (IPI) until June 30, 2015.
The resolution is in response to the query of IPI management as to when will the city government transfer displaced families in bunkhouses to temporary shelters or permanent houses, said Vice-Mayor Jerry Yaokasin.
This is the third time that the city council approved a resolution for extension of the use of IPI bunkhouse for displaced families of super typhoon Yolanda.
When the government built bunkhouses late 2013, families were supposed to stay there for six months only, but it was extended until December of last year. It was then re-extend to March 2015.
“Hopefully, this will be the last extension and we hope that we can transfer them before the new school year starts,” said Yaokasin.
About 500 families from three coastal villages are still living in IPI bunkhouses.
“The IPI management are very compassionate toward the victims of typhoon Yolanda and so cooperative with us. But what we are really aiming at is to transfer these families to a permanent site,” added Yaokasin.
Residents are set to be transferred to new houses in Cabalawan village which are being constructed by the National Housing Authority for displaced families.
“We hope that the government hastens the construction of their permanent shelters so they can transfer there soon,” Yaokasin added. (PNA)
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