TACLOBAN NEWS – The more or less 1,700 affected families of typhoon Yolanda, who are still living in tents in various sites in Tacloban City, are hoping that assurances made by the Philippine Department of Social Welfare for their transfer to safer ‘transitional shelters’ will indeed be realized.
Social welfare secretary Corazon ‘Dinky’ Soliman recently stated that the agency is currently working to have the families transferred before the year ends to at least 1,200 units of transitional homes now being constructed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The P68 million IOM project will augment the department’s Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) for the region according to secretary Soliman.
The government is currently trying to build at least 10,733 permanent relocation homes for the families displaced by super-typhoon Yolanda all over the region with a P715 million earlier allocation.
Soliman also said that only one evacuation centre which is located at San Fernando Elementary School in Tacloban City remains open in Region 8 with at least eighty-four families temporarily seeking shelter there. The rest of the displaced families live in various tents or makeshift houses in areas where their homes once stood before Yolanda.
Meanwhile, Tanauan Leyte local government officials are rushing construction of a relocation site for almost two hundred persons living in temporary shelters at an oval area in another public school in this town.