Bunkhouses to start rising in ‘Pablo’-hit towns of Davao Oriental, Comval

December 18, 2012 11:33 pm 

DAVAO CITY, Dec. 18 -– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here and the provincial governments of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley have started building the bunkhouses for typhoon-affected and homeless families.

DSWD has earmarked P81 million to build the 81 bunkhouses in the seven severely-affected towns in the two provinces.

DSWD Assistant Director Priscilla N. Razon said the construction in New Bataan, Montevista and Monkayo in Compostela Valley will be handled by the provincial government and has assured that all bunkhouses will be completed within five days.

While in Davao Oriental, she said DSWD has deployed its Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) engineers in Baganga, Cateel and Boston to oversee construction of the bunkhouses.

“Our target date for completion of the bunkhouses is before end of December. At least before New Year our typhoon-affected and homeless families in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley will have roof over their heads,” Razon said.

As temporary shelter, the bunkhouse measures 7.40 x 24.0 meters with corrugated G.I. sheets roofing and marine plywood walling. Lumber from felled coconut trees will be utilized for framing while flooring is made of concrete slab. A concrete walkway will also be installed on the sides measuring 1.o x 24 meters. Each bunkhouse will have 10 rooms with one bathroom each for male and female.

For cutting of coconut trees, site preparation and clearing, hauling and mixing, and other requirements for manual labor, local manpower will be mobilized through the cash-for-work program of DSWD that provides P218 per day per laborer. Skilled workers from the area will also be tapped.

Earlier, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman emphasized that as part of the livelihood intervention, the affected families will help build the bunkhouses and they will be paid through the cash-for-work program.

Other national and local government officials also stressed the need for the affected families to work hand in hand with the government towards the road to recovery, encouraging them to cooperate with the national and local governments in the relief and rehabilitation efforts.(PNA)



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