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Iloilo looks into housing project; Sobrang bagal paggawa

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The Iloilo provincial board is looking into the alleged substandard construction of houses for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that hit the province in 2013.

Provincial board first district board member Rene Valencia, chair of the committee on justice, good government, and human rights, led the committee hearing.

Valencia cited information that the P289-million project funded by the National Housing Authority to build 1,000 houses in Barangay Bacjawan Sur in Concepcion town had involved substandard materials (https://thedailyguardian.net/banner-news/sp-probes-shoddy-housing-project/).

Construction started in 2016 but only 450 units were completed so far.

At the hearing conducted May 28 were Sangguniang Bayan members of Concepcion, representatives from the NHA, Herminio Carreon of Hercar Builders, Arturo Aliman representing the beneficiaries, second district board member Leicel Seville, and fifth district board member Jeneda Salcedo-Orendain.

Seville chairs the provincial board’s Committee on Social Welfare, Housing, Senior Citizens.

During the hearing, some beneficiaries claimed their units are wobbly, have cracks on floors, have poor toilets, and lack of water supply.

The provincial board will also bring a representative from the Department of Public Works and Highways during the inspection to see if the project is substandard or not.

For their part, officials of contractor Hercar Builders claimed they followed the standard specifications which the NHA backed.

Valencia said the provincial board will be objective and will rely more on documentary evidence to find out if there were violations, adding a second hearing may be conducted after the inspection.