• Senate hearing on the alleged overpriced bunkhouses cancelled

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    THE scheduled Senate public works committee hearing for the alleged substandard and overpriced bunkhouses for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) was cancelled on Wednesday due to the unavailability of some of the resource persons.

    Secretary Panfilo Lacson, the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery and Public works chairman Rogelio Singson have informed the committee on Tuesday afternoon that they won’t be able to attend the hearing.

    It was learned that Lacson needs to fly to the province of Samar while Singson is still out of town.

    Senators Miriam Santiago and Ferdinand Marcos were the ones who filed separate resolutions calling for a Senate inquiry on the reporte overpricing of bunkhouses for victims of super typhoon Yolanda that severely damaged central Visayas last year.

    The lawmakers both insisted the need to look into the allegation and come up with corrective measures for the sake of the victims.

    Apart from Lacson and Singson the committee also invited architect and urban planner Felino Palafox who earlier claimed that the bunkhouses were “substandard and undersized, and they are not fit for human habitation.”

    The senate hearing was reset on February 6 but it still depends on the availability of the two government officials. Jefferson Antiporda

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