JV eyes probe on 'overpriced' bunkhouses


Posted at Jan 07 2014 03:35 PM | Updated as of Jan 07 2014 11:35 PM

MANILA - Sen. Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito on Tuesday slammed reports that bunkhouses being built for survivors of supertyphoon Yolanda are overpriced.

In a statement, Ejercito said people should not take advantage of the situation in the Visayas by inflating the construction cost of the temporary shelters.

"This is not the time to take advantage of the situation when Visayas is in shambles. We should all be helping to get them back on their feet rather than take advantage of their predicament," he said.

The senator said he is set to call for a Senate investigation to look into the reported overpricing of the bunkhouse project in Visayas.

"Wala na sigurong konsensya ang mga taong magsasamantala sa mga proyekto na kailangan sa pagbangon ng Visayas," he added.

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson has denied a report that bunkhouses being built as temporary shelters for victims of typhoon Yolanda are overpriced and offered to resign if the accusation is proven to be true.

“It is not overpriced. If it is overpriced, the following day, I will submit my resignation to President Aquino,” Singson told reporters.

“There is politics involved,” Singson said of the accusations, adding that they may have come from a municipality in Samar.

Singson said contractors have given up their overhead and profit margins for the reconstruction effort but added that contractors would not be paid if the agency’s specifications are not followed.

He said the housing effort would not be completed within 2 years given the scale of the reconstruction.