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KP on ‘Yolanda’ rehab: A lot still has to be done

CEBU CITY—The Kilusang Pagbabago Visayas, a mass movement of supporters of President Duterte, has expressed that “a lot has still to be done” with the turnover by the National Housing Authority in Region 7 of some 100 housing units to “Yolanda” survivor-beneficiaries in Bantayan town, coinciding with the fourth anniversary of the super typhoon that struck Cebu island.

Rey Canoy, KP Cebu provincial officer, made the statement after site visits of his team last week in northern Cebu.

He noted that the units being turned over was on top of 219 units turned over earlier under phase 2. A total of 450 units were finished and now occupied by Yolanda survivors under phase 1.

However, the KP team noted that NHA records showed that the magnitude involves the building of 22,423 units with 15,348 already bidded out in 16 towns in northern Cebu.

On the other hand, KP Region 6 lead convener Fr. Jose Elmer Cajilig attended the 888 Media Forum on Tuesday to correct a Facebook post where a copy-pasted news story of what happened in Barangay Lacayon, Bugasong town, in Antique province, was superimposed with the words “fake news” in red. Junex Doronio

This was attached to a statement signed by Assistant Secretary Gerald Anthony Gonzales of the Office of Presidential Assistant for Visayas and posted in the OPAV Facebook page last week.

Cajilig said he led the KP team that conducted the site visit on Oct. 21 in Barangay Lacayon, Bugasong town in Antique. Local residents had complained that on Oct. 20, a flood hit five barangays, inundating

houses and rice fields.

The cause of the flood was an unfinished Yolanda rehabilitation site in Lacayon, the group claimed.

Cajilig lamented that news about the incident affecting poor farmers was brushed aside as “fake news” by the OPAV.

In Tacloban City, KP Region 8 lead convener Rico Cajife said there are still unfinished rehabilitation sites. The Kilusang Pagbabago plans to hold a dialog with affected Yolanda survivors in coordination with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Yolanda.

The Kilusang Pagbabago Visayas has embarked on the Yolanda rehabilitation site visits in response to requests by affected Yolanda survivors. KP is committed to, among others, monitor the implementation of projects as part of participatory governance.

“Realizing the large tasks ahead as we commemorate the fourth year since the super typhoon, we in KP Visayas will continue to monitor the Yolanda projects and do what we can to hasten implementation in coordination with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Yolanda,” the KP said in its statement.

Topics: CEBU CITY , President Duterte , National Housing Authority , Region 7 , “Yolanda” survivor-beneficiaries , Rey Canoy , Fr. Jose Elmer Cajilig
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