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NHA may bid out Yolanda housing project again as contractor comes under fire



By: Vince F. Nonato - Reporter / @VinceNonatoINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 04:53 PM October 10, 2017

The National Housing Authority is set to terminate the contract of a construction firm that allegedly used substandard materials in the houses meant for the resettlement of families in Eastern Samar that were displaced by Typhoon Yolanda (internationally known as Haiyan) in 2013.

A notice to terminate and a show-cause order was issued to J.C. Tayag Builders, Inc., back in August, NHA Visayas Management Office officer-in-charge Grace Guevarra said on Tuesday during the joint inquiry of the House of Representatives’ housing and good government committees on Tuesday.

Koko reveals half of PDP-Laban’s possible ‘Magic 12’



By: Julliane Love De Jesus - Reporter / @JLDejesusINQINQUIRER.net / 01:27 PM October 06, 2017

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III disclosed on Friday the partial list of senatorial bets that the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) would possibly consider for the upcoming 2019 senatorial election.

Pimentel, who is also the PDP-Laban president, said that half of the party’s “Magic 12” could include himself, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, Negros Occidental Representative Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman, Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles, and former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino.

Ex-Poe backer, Ex-LP solon tagged as 2019 Duterte senate bets



By: Carla P. Gomez - Correspondent / @carlagomezINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 06:20 AM October 06, 2017

VICTORIAS CITY—Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez yesterday bragged that the now ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) would control the Senate after the 2019 elections with candidates that he said would surely be elected because they adhere to the principles of President Duterte, among them Representatives Alfredo Benitez and Geraldine Roman.



The PDP-Laban gathering at Victorias Coliseum drew hundreds of once supporters of Mar Roxas and now admirers of President Duterte. —CARLA P. GOMEZ

Alvarez named Benitez and Roman at a rally here for the mass oath-taking of new members of PDP-Laban, a party that rose from near anonymity to being sought after.

Leni backs plans vs ‘Yolanda’ housing contractor



By: Vince F. Nonato - Reporter / @VinceNonatoINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 06:02 PM September 27, 2017

Vice President Leni Robredo has thrown her support to moves that will bring to court the alleged erring contractor of an Eastern Samar housing project for the victims of typhoon Yolanda.

“For me, it’s the right thing to do,” Robredo said in an interview with reporters in Pili, Camarines Sur, a transcript of which was furnished by her office.

NHA contractor in ‘Yolanda’ housing faces perjury raps



By: Tonette Orejas, Vince F. Nonato - @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 07:23 AM September 27, 2017

Perjury and even possible syndicated estafa charges may be filed by lawmakers against a contractor in housing projects for victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) in Eastern Samar, after an inspection last week showed the steel bars used by the contractor fell short of government specifications.

Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez, chair of the House of Representatives’ housing and urban development committee, said at a press briefing on Tuesday that contractor Juanito Tayag of JC Tayag Builders Inc., “definitely committed perjury” when he denied in a Sept. 18 hearing that substandard materials were used in the resettlement sites.

Raps eyed vs ‘Yolanda’ housing contractor over substandard materials



By: Vince F. Nonato - Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:14 PM September 26, 2017

Perjury and even possible syndicated estafa charges may be filed by lawmakers against a contractor of housing projects for victims of typhoon “Yolanda” in Eastern Samar, after an inspection last week showed the steel bars fell short of the government’s specification.



Housing and urban development committee chair Rep. Albee Benitez (Negros Occidental, 3rd Dist.) is flanked by Reps. Deogracias Victor Savellano (Ilocos Sur, 1st Dist.) and Ben Evardone (Eastern Samar) during a Tuesday press briefing. VINCE F. NONATO/INQUIRER.net

Negros Occidental 3rd Dist. Rep. Albee Benitez, chair of the House of Representatives’ housing and urban development committee, said contractor Juanito Tayag of J.C. Tayag Builders, Inc., “definitely committed perjury” when he denied in a Sept. 18 hearing that substandard materials were used in its resettlement sites.

Contractor denies using substandard materials in ‘Yolanda’ housing



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.

Lawmakers aghast at ‘Yolanda’ shelters



By: DJ Yap - 07:52 AM September 07, 2017

“Worse than a piggery” was how one member of the House of Representatives on Wednesday described government bunkhouses for survivors of Supertyphoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in 2013.

Many housing units in resettlement areas had unsafe foundations with walls so thin that residents were told not to hammer nails into them, another congressman said. The beam in at least one house toppled over, he added.

Members of the House housing and urban development panel were left aghast at the dilapidated shelters for the Yolanda victims which they saw during a visit last week to inspect the “snail-paced” government housing projects in Eastern Visayas.

House lawmakers digging deeper into substandard Yolanda housing units



By: Marc Jayson Cayabyab - 04:47 PM September 06, 2017

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are digging deeper into the reportedly substandard construction of the housing units for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (internationally known as Haiyan).

In a press briefing on Wednesday, Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, said only 23,414 of the projected 205,128 housing units – or 11.4 percent – have so far been occupied.

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