September 26, 2017
By WENDELL VIGILIA
September 23, 2017
HOW do you solve a problem like Metro Manila?
An administration lawmaker believes national government has to make the ultimate sacrifice of moving its offices away from the capital to substantially decongest it and improve the people’s quality of living.
Published September 20, 2017, 10:01 PM
By Ben R. Rosario
Access to water and electrical services has been pinpointed as among the factors that caused the delay in the implementation of housing relocation and resettlement projects for victims of typhoon Yolanda four years ago in Leyte and Samar.
Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez, chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, said the irregularities in the construction of housing units have been aggravated by lack of access to water and electrical facilities for the thousands of typhoon victims in Eastern Samar and Leyte.
Rep. Albee Benitez, as chair of the Committee on Housing and Urban Development, led the Technical Working Group meeting this afternoon on House Bill No. 83 which he authored seeking to create a commission to study the relocation of government offices to a new administrative city outside Metro Manila to ease traffic and overpopulation in the bustling metropolis and decentralize development to peripheral areas in the country.
20-September-2017, 10:37:16 AM
SOURCE: House of Representatives Press and Public Affairs Bureau
By Elmer Recuerdo - September 18, 2017
BALANGIGA, Eastern Samar—Residents of Barangay 6, a coastal community of over 400 households of this historic town, are edgy when visitors come to make inquiries on their issues with the housing project of the National Housing Authority (NHA).
They have a valid reason for their anxiety. While Supertyphoon Yolanda flattened almost all of the more than 400 houses except for about a dozen or less, the NHA has identified only 165 households qualified for relocation in the resettlement site. Those identified for relocation have issued a “notice of refusal”, citing the poor structural design of the houses built.
Published September 18, 2017, 6:38 PM
By Ellson Quismorio
House of Representatives members on Monday scolded the National Housing Authority (NHA) for being too nonchalant in its supervision of the construction of resettlement sites for super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) victims.
Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez, Caloocan City second district Rep. Edgar Erice and Eastern Samar lone district Rep. Ben Evardone all agreed during a House inquiry that it’s the NHA’s fault why the construction of homes for the victims remain “snail-placed” nearly four years after the storm.
By: Marc Jayson Cayabyab 07:40 PM September 18, 2017
A contractor denied before a hearing at the House of Representatives on Monday that he had built substandard housing for the victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda.
During the hearing conducted by the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, Juanito Tayag, who owns JC Tayag Builders Inc., lamented that lawmakers deemed as “gospel truth” the allegations of a certain Camilo Salazar that substandard materials were used in the construction of the housing units.
Published September 18, 2017 7:21pm
By ERWIN COLCOL, GMA News
The contractor for the Yolanda housing project on Monday denied the accusations against his company regarding the "snail-paced" implementation of the project.
During a hearing by the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, Juanito Tayag, owner of JC Tayag Builders Inc., belied the claim of Camilo Salazar that the materials for the housing project were substandard, among others.
The House panel is investigating the perceived snail-paced implementation of housing relocation and resettlement projects for those affected by Typhoon Yolanda, which battered Eastern Visayas in November 2013, killing over 6,000 people.