President Duterte visits Tacloban City housing project, vows to relocate displaced families by March, 26 Jan. 2017

TACLOBAN CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte visited government’s permanent housing project for Typhoon Yolanda survivors here promising to relocate displaced families by March this year.

Duterte arrived at New Hope Village in Bgy. Sta.  Elena, Tacloban City on Wednesday, January 25 to inspect the government’s P290 million housing program for the typhoon survivors. The New Hope Village is just one of the government’s housing projects for families affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

In his message, Duterte said he was angered by the government’s inability to immediately provide shelter to the survivors three years after Typhoon Yolanda struck Eastern Visayas.

He visited Tacloban City in November last year, and was surprised after knowing that only 28 families were relocated few years after the disaster.

“Galit ako kasi three years after, iyan lang ang natrabaho ng gobyerno. And the first time I came here, I was not really very pleased,” the President said.

The problem, he said, is that government officials and personnel are lazy and put people’s interest as the least of their priorities particularly regarding projects that need urgent completion. He said he won’t allow incompetence and abuses during his term.

He warned government directors to work double time to finish projects that affect the people’s welfare. The President also vowed to tackle red tape and corruption in government.

For instance, he wants ordinary permits be issued within two to three days, and for the departments for the processing time to be one month. He also promised to impose severe restrictions on government offices by the end of February.

At the same time, the President encouraged the public to report erring public officials through hotline 8888 that he has established.

“So I expect everybody to work. Walang pasyal-pasyal and anybody of you, ‘pag may nakita kayong taga-gobyerno, national, local na mamamasyal diyan sa hapon, text me and ang akin is zero tolerance,” he said.

According to the President, he would insist on the dismissal of abusive officials and expects the Civil Service Commission to help.

The housing project in New Hope Village, built through the efforts by the National Housing Authority (NHA), is Bungalow type, with 40 square meter lot area and 28.6 square meter floor area.

NHA has reported that so far, 811 units out of 1,000, were awarded to the typhoon survivors. The remaining houses will be awarded soon.###PND