TACLOBAN CITY, April 15 (PNA) -– The city Tacloban council is looking into reports of substandard construction materials used in the building permanent houses for victims of super typhoon Yolanda in the northern part of the city.
City Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin said the city council has been discussing the issue in the past two weeks and they found no concrete evidence showing that the housing project falls below the standard.
The city council probe is in response to the report that reached the Regional Development Council that the Ridge View permanent housing project funded by the National Housing Authority is substandard.
Aside from substandard issues, some concerned groups also reported to the RDC the hazards posed by power transmission lines.
On Tuesday, the city government organized a media tour to the housing site to talk with 16 families from San Jose district that recently moved to their new homes.
Construction pace at the city’s northern village has been slowed down pending the issuance of reclassification and the development permit from the city council.
“Although we consider the sense of urgency since these houses are for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda, we have to take note the concerns raised by some parties,” Yaokasin said.
Letecia Sablamante, 50, said they have not noticed that the new house is substandard. Their real problem is absence of electricity and livelihood activities.
Sablamante’s family belongs to the first 16 households that were moved from temporary shelters occupied by 500 families from the high risk zone in the city’s San Jose district. (PNA)
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