Sen. Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos has urged the national government to speed up the rehabilitation of Yolanda-ravaged areas in Eastern Visayas to recover economic losses.
Marcos, who personally checked the allegedly substandard and overpriced bunkhouses in Tacloban City and Palo, Leyte on Thursday, noted that the supply of electricity has not been restored in some relocation sites in Tacloban, contrary to the reported “95 percent restored electricity.”
He added that the Department of Social Welfare and Development should hasten the identification of beneficiaries of the bunkhouses so they can be transferred to the temporary shelters at the soonest possible time.
Marcos noted that “up to 8,000” survivors are still congesting at the Tacloban City Astrodome. He estimated that only 20 percent of the refugees have been relocated.
Still, Marcos commended Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson for repairing and upgrading the bunkhouses. He noted that the units were expanded and faulty wiring fixed.
He hopes that the specifications of the bunkhouses will be done by the end of the month.
Meanwhile, he urged the national government to allow the local government units in Eastern Visayas to help in the economic recovery of Tacloban, the economic hub of Region 8.