Govt urged: Re­store Yolanda re­hab funds

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS -

AN en­vi­ron­men­tal group called on the govern­ment yes­ter­day to re­sume fund­ing for hous­ing projects for vic­tims dis­placed by su­per­ty­phoon Yolanda five years after it dev­as­tated Eastern Visayas.

The Philip­pine Move­ment for Cli­mate Jus­tice (PMCJ) con­verged at the Fuente Os­meña Cir­cle and marched to Metro Gaisano Mall in Colon Street to de­nounce the govern­ment’s al­lo­ca­tion of Yolanda funds to vic­tims of the Marawi City siege.

PMCJ Cebu Co­or­di­na­tor Teody Navea re­called De­fense Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana’s dis­clo­sure that P5 bil­lion out of the P7.5 bil­lion in­tended for Yolanda vic­tims were di­verted to fund tem­po­rary shel­ters for Marawi City siege vic­tims.

"There were com­plaints that the houses were not prop­erly built and un­fit for oc­cu­pancy. Funds were re­leased to con­trac­tors but the houses were poorly built sug­gest­ing that cor­rup­tion was in­volved," Navea said in Ce­buano.

He said 209,000 houses were tar­geted for con­struc­tion but only 99,000 were built, with some un­oc­cu­pied to this day.

"Un­til now, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is far from over. Looks like there's no end to this be­cause there's no funds. How about the vic­tims, where is the jus­tice for them,” PMCJ Visayas Co­or­di­na­tor Larry Pas­cua said. /

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