Gov't money in 'Yolanda' bunkhouses not a waste: Palace

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 09 2014 04:51 PM | Updated as of Dec 10 2014 12:51 AM

MANILA - Malacañang said government did not waste money even if the bunkhouses built for residents displaced by typhoon "Yolanda" were reportedly destroyed by typhoon "Ruby."

Asked to react to a statement reportedly by Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that the bunkhouses were intended to be temporary structures and were built to withstand winds of up to 150 kilometers per hour (kph).

Valte added that the government is focused on helping residents find permanent shelter.

"Unang-una, hindi po tayo nagsayang ng pera dahil meron naman pong mga nabiktimang nakagamit 'nung iba dito. At pangalawa, again, by their very nature, temporary po 'yan at ang sabi nga ho ni [Public Works] Secretary [Rogelio] Singson ay 'yung pagtayo po niyan, they're designed to withstand winds of 150 kilometers per hour. Ngayon nagkataon ay medyo mas malakas ho 'yung dumaan doon sa mga lugar na 'yon," she said.

"But rest assured that on top of the clearing operations... of a lot of the roads that have been affected, isa rin po ito doon sa mga binibigyan ng pansin ni Secretary Singson," Valte said.

Meanwhile, the Palace also said that government is striving to restore power in areas affected by Ruby.