Lawmakers told: Substandard materials used in post-Yolanda housing

Published 12:45 PM, September 06, 2017
Updated 12:45 PM, September 06, 2017
By Bea Cupin

A House committee looks into the progress – or lack thereof – of housing projects for Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors

MANILA, Philippines – They survived the onslaught of a super typhoon in 2013. But in 2017, almost 4 years after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ravaged Eastern Visayas, survivors now have to contend with the lack of housing, or housing units that are either slow to be built or made using substandard materials.

"Victims of the calamity are still suffering today," said Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Alfredo Benitez in a press conference on Wednesday, September 6. (READ: 3 unresolved issues, 3 years after Yolanda)

Rep. Albee Benitez, House members hold press conference

Rep. Albee Benitez and members of the Committee on Housing and Development hold a press conference to report initial findings of the Committee's site visit and public hearing in Eastern Samar and Tacloban City last August 31-September 1.

Rep. Benitez vows to hold responsible persons for the delay of said projects, substandard housing units and lack of utilities and community facilities in resettlement sites.

Yolanda anomalies deplored; BOC irregularities to be checked

Published September 5, 2017, 10:00 PM
By Fred Lobo

Concerned congressmen have deplored multi-million peso irregularities in the implementation of the housing project for victims of super-typhoon “Yolanda,” and recommended the fiing of criminal charges against public officials and contractors involved.

Materials used were substandard and their style is “bulok.”

House committee asks NHA to explain ‘Yolanda’ housing anomalies

Published September 5, 2017, 12:06 AM
By Ben Rosario

The chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development yesterday asked the National Housing Authority (NHA) to explain why it failed to address anomalies in the construction of houses for super -typhoon ‘Yolanda’ victims notwithstanding the agency’s snail-paced delivery of completed housing units.

Citing a Commission on Audit (COA) report, Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez disclosed that the NHA accomplishment record in delivering housing units for ‘Yolanda’ victims and other resettlement program for informal settler families has been dismal.

Solon asks COA to audit Yolanda housing projects

By Jovee Marie de la Cruz - SEPTEMBER 4, 2017

A party-list lawmaker on Monday asked the Commission on Audit (COA) to conduct a special audit on all housing projects under the Yolanda rehabilitation and recovery program.

This, after the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, chaired by Rep. Alfredo B. Benitez of the Third District of Negros Occidental, uncovered an alleged substandard construction of Yolanda housing projects during the two-day inquiry of the panel in Tacloban City on August 31 and September 1.

Charges eyed vs individuals in Yolanda housing irregularities

Published September 3, 2017, 10:00 PM
By Nestor L.Abrematea

Tacloban City – The House of Representatives committee on housing and urban development is eyeing criminal charges against individuals and officials involved in the anomalous implementation of various housing projects intended for victims of super- typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas.

Rep. Albee Benitez, House committee chairman, the results of the investigation on the supposed housing project anomalies, wherein substandard materials were allegedly used, will be forwarded to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

‘Fast-track housing for Yolanda victims’

posted September 03, 2017 at 12:01 am by Mel Caspe

TACLOBAN CITY—Rep. Albee Benitez, chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, has urged the government to fast-track the construction and completion of permanent houses for the victims of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” during the committee’s public hearing in the municipality of Hernani and this city.

Rep. Alfredo ‘Albee’ B. Benitez (fourth from left), chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, and Rep. Ben P. Evardone of the Lone District of Eastern Samar, lead the Public Hearing on House Resolution No. 599 on Friday at the Community Center in Tacloban City. Mel R. Caspe