DSWD: Zero tents in Yolanda-affected areas by yearend
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) vows to implement the best efforts to ensure that all Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) survivors will be placed in safe homes by the end of 2014.
“All efforts are being exerted so that by December 30, none of the remaining survivors in all Yolanda-affected areas would be staying in tents and makeshift houses," Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman said.
DSWD data shows that as of September 2014, more than 1,500 families still live in tents and makeshift shelters in Leyte and Eastern Samar where the strongest typhoon ever recorded made landfall in November 8, 2013. (READ: Yolanda a year after: Old problems, new dangers)
The agency claims that 'majority of them have already been moved to safer transitional shelters.'
Survivors have been complaining about the uncomfortable living conditions in tent cities. In May 2013, a fire hit one tent occupied 7 people in Barangay 88. No one survived.
DSWD have partnered with international humanitarian organizations to achieve their targets such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which transferred 138 families from Barangay 88 to bunkhouses communities in Badato Transitional Site and the Villa Sophia Permanent Relocation Site.
The remaining 257 families living in tens in the said barangays will be accomodated in the on-site bunkhouses constructed by Oxfam and Green Mindanao, Soliman said.
Another problem the rehabilitation team of the government are those living in danger zones. In Tacloban alone, around 14,100 families still need to relocate but the local government said that they don't have enough relocation sites as they are prioritizing those who still live in tents. (READ: Yolanda in danger zones: What about us?) – Rappler.com