'Yolanda' survivor still lives in makeshift shelter

Melanie Bingco, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 26 2016 10:10 PM

Yolanda survivor Nenita Dagandan still lives under a tarpaulin roof. Melanie Bingco, ABS-CBN News

Almost three years after the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), survivor Nenita Dagandan still lives under a tarpaulin roof. 

Their makeshift shelter was built out of wood and other materials salvaged from typhoon debris.

"We just patch the leaks in the roof. We cannot afford roofing sheets yet," she said.

Nenita said their family income is barely enough for food and other daily needs and they did not get any shelter aid from the government.

"It’s unfair because not everyone was given. We should have received the aid," she said.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it has received complaints about the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) distribution.

According to DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, they are gathering complaints of typhoon victims who feel they were shortchanged.

Taguiwalo said she will check the remaining funds from Yolanda donations and see if it will be enough to be distributed to victims who have not yet received ESA.

“So long as they can provide documentation and proof that they were victims but they were not able to receive any assistance, we will try to find a way to give them the assistance that they deserve,” she said.

Initial investigation showed that some projects were not completed even if the money was downloaded to local government units.

“Money was downloaded by the department to the local government unit. When our team visited the site, there was actually no housing project,” Taguiwalo said.

Taguiwalo did not name the local government unit involved and details of the project.