Contractor of Yolanda housing in hot water

September 07, 2017

A CONSTRUCTION company based in San Fernando City, Pampanga is in hot water for constructing substandard housing units for the victims of typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (PDP-Laban, Negros Occidental), chair of the House committee on housing and urban development, said the owner of housing contractor JC Tayag may face estafa and even a plunder complaint because of the multi-million irregularities. The owner was not identified.

Lawmakers find Yolanda housing projects substandard

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Sep 06 2017 07:44 PM

MANILA- The House of Representatives Committee on Housing claimed to have found substandard housing projects in relocation areas for the victims of super typhoon "Yolanda" in 2013.

The panel, upon the resolution of Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, recently inspected affected areas and claimed to have found mediocre structures. 

Housing committee Chairman Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez said he saw "glaring substandard" construction of facilities for the housing projects and noted that during their visit, they met a whistle-blower who testified under oath during their formal hearing that the materials used in the construction of homes were subpar.

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.

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.