MANILA – The police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said on Tuesday that bunkhouses for Yolanda victims in Tacloban were indeed built from substandard materials.
Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong, acting director of the CIDG, said in a press conference that upon investigation, the bunkhouses were found to have been built with "excessive use of substandard materials."
Magalong said they conducted the investigation at the request of rehabilitation czar and former Senator Ping Lacson.
According to Magalong, suppliers and contractors of the bunkhouses will be made to repair the houses, at a cost to them, and convert them into proper standard dwellings.
Each standard bunkhouse, he said, costs P836,000.
Magalong also said Lacson requested them to extend their probe to other rehabilitation concerns, but declined to give more details.
Earlier, officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) went to Tacloban and Leyte to check on the status of various projects being undertaken there for Yolanda survivors.
DPWH secretary Rogelio Singson and JICA president Akihiko Tanaka, along with other representatives, inspected the controversial bunkhouses in Tacloban where some 292 families are already relocated.
Singson said he wants to make sure that the survivors are well-adjusted to their new homes.
"I asked the families, and I think they're happy because we are allowing them to use two rooms instead of just one," Singson said.