PRESS RELEASE 01 November 2015
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman has lied again. Three days ago, Soliman declared that there will no longer be bunkhouses in Tacloban by the end of October. But this is far from reality. “On the last day of October, People Surge visited the IPI bunkhouse at Caibaan, one of the bunkhouses in Tacloban. What we witnessed were more or less 400 families still living in bunkhouses. Dinky Soliman broke another promise to the hundreds of families who have long been waiting for permanent shelter more than they could tolerate,” Marissa Cabaljao, People Surge Secretary-General said. “Since January 2014, the residents were promised that it would only take six months for the permanent shelter to be completed. Six months passed and another six months came to pass. Two years since Yolanda, what they got were only empty promises and false hopes,” she added. “This time, Soliman got the nerve to declare that there will no longer be bunkhouses in Tacloban by the end of October only to find out that this is a chronic lie,” Cabaljao added. Recalling from last year, Soliman also announced that there were no longer tent houses in Tacloban. “Soliman deliberately wants to cover-up the state of Yolanda survivors by her declaration. As if she could pacify the dissent of Yolanda survivors by the promise of relocation, Yolanda survivors’ actual experiences tell that relocation is snail-paced,” said Cabaljao. According to the data from the National Housing Authority (NHA), only 534 permanent houses out of the targeted 13,801 houses have been built as of September this year. “Soliman is insensitive to the plight of bunkhouse residents, especially to Gina Supang, mother of eight-month old Baby Grajane May “Iday” Supang who died because of too much heat in the bunkhouse. False hopes, slow and inefficient rehabilitation murdered a child,” Cabaljao added.
“We call for justice for Baby ‘Iday’. We call for justice for the Yolanda survivors who, up until now, suffer in bunkhouses and temporary shelters. We hold Dinky Soliman accountable for her false hopes, chronic lies and negligence. Ultimately, we hold President Aquino accountable for his gross incompetence and criminal negligence,” Cabaljao stressed. Cabaljao announced that on All Saints’ Day (November 1), People Surge is set to do a candle lighting activity in mass graves, including in Basper mass grave where Supang’s eight-year old baby is buried. #
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