18 Days after Duterte Directive, Yolanda Victims in Tacloban Visit Their New Homes for the First Time
It has been 3 years since Supertyphoon Yolanda destroyed a huge portion of Visayas in the Philippines but the current administration led by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte was shocked to find out that only a small percentage of the houses promised for the victims had actually been built – and many are unoccupied because there are no basic utilities available for the homeowners to use.
Angered over this matter, Duterte issued a directive while attending the third ‘Yolanda’ commemoration ceremony for Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Sec. Michael Diño and housing czar Vice President Leni Robredo to ensure that all these houses must be finished and all victims housed by December – a very tall order considering that the old administration wasn’t even able to complete half of the projects in 3 years.
Photos courtesy of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas / Facebook
Eighteen days after Duterte issued his directive, the first batch of Yolanda victims in Tacloban City visited their homes for the first time. Armed with cleaning materials, they began preparing their homes for the scheduled transfer.
Diño’s team ensured that there water is available in these villages and that provisions for electricity have been provided.