Yolanda survivors ask aquino to suspend Leyte embankment project


Survivors of typhoon Yolanda shared an open letter addressed to President Benigno Aquino 3rd to appeal for the postponement of a P7.9-billion government infrastructure project that could displace more than 10,000 families in Tacloban City. “We are not against the national government’s plan to build a dike as protection against storm surges, but 10,000 families currently living in the project site are at risk of losing their homes again because until now, the promised permanent housing units are yet to be seen,” said the survivors. The infrastructure project referred to is the Storm Surge Protection: Road Heightening and Tide Embankment of the Department of Public Works and Highways that will cover the 27.3-kilometer stretch of shoreline from Tacloban City to Tanauan, Leyte. To date, only 534 houses have been built out of the targeted 13, 801 houses, according to data from the National Housing Authority.


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