Typhoon survivors to get bigger rooms in bunkhouses

Posted at 01/06/2014 10:10 PM

MANILA -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to turn over bunkhouses in Tacloban City this month after charging their original design.

The agency was supposed to turn over the bunkhouses to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) last December.

However, the DPWH noticed that the rooms were too small for a family, and decided to alter the original design of the bunkhouses.

In the original design, each bunkhouse will have 24 rooms. One room will be assigned to a family.

However, officials decided to combine two rooms into a single, larger unit.

Lawyer Tecson John Lim, city administrator of Tacloban City, one new bunkhouse can accommodate 12 families, instead of an initial 24 families.

They implemented the revisions to provide more space to the occupants, as each family would have varying number of members.

Rolando Asis, regional director of the DPWH, said they were able to save some money on the project, as opposed to issues that the bunkhouses were overpriced.

He added that they only spent P833,000 per unit, which is lower than the P1.2 million per unit that the DPWH-Central Office spent on its previous projects.

All of the construction materials used in the project also came from other regions, and the DPWH will also try to source construction materials locally to further reduce construction costs.

Asis said they have finished 123 bunkhouse units, with 95 more units under construction.

They have received orders from DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson to construct 500 additional units.

The city government is also preparing to develop a site that will be used for the construction of permanent houses for the survivors of the typhoon.

It has already identified a 69-hectare lot located in the northern part of the city. -- with a report from Ranulfo Docdocan, ABS-CBN News Tacloban