Substandard housing for calamity victims angers Lacson: Hanggang walang nakikitang nakukulong, di mako-correct yan



Senator Panfilo Lacson urges to reprimand and prosecute the contractors and officials involved in establishing the housing projects as the only way to ultimately ‘correct’ the mistakes.
The setbacks outlining the housing projects include the use of poor quality materials, questionable handiwork, and bad plumbing.
NAKAKAGALIT – this was how Senator Lacson perceived as the plight of the calamity victims in Southern Luzon, and VISMIN areas inhabiting in a ‘potentially deadly’ housing site where in many cases, residents choose to sleep outside the housing unit for fear that the structure may collapse at any given time. 

There were also complains about water leaking from the walls and ceiling during instances of raining. What’s agitating is that the housing sites, particularly in Mindanao, are even built on landslide prone areas!




In an interview on ABS-CBN’s ‘Failon Ngayon’, Senator Lacson explained that, “Unang una buwis natin yan. Ang problema kasi sa atin, hanggang walang nakikitang nakukulong na kontratista at kasabwat nila sa mga ahensya, di mako-correct (That is taxpayers’ money being wasted. But until we see erring contractors and officials being put behind bars, it is unlikely the situation will be corrected),”

Apparently, these issues are far from what the National Housing Authority (NHA)’s claimed that the housing units meets industry standards that:




* Can withstand 250km wind load capacity

* Can withstand 7.4 magnitude earthquake

* Fire resistant at least up to 2 hours

As mentioned by NHA-Visayas OIC Engineer Grace Gueverra on Ted Failon’s documentary.

Senator Lacson was the erstwhile Presidential Assistant on Recovery and Rehabilitation (PARR) that focused on rehabilitating Yolanda victims which has now been superseded by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). 

Concurrently headed by Director-General Dr. Arsenio Balisacan, one of its mandates is to expedite the completion of Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (CRRP) formerly initiated by PARR.




During his leadership with PARR, Senator Lacson emphasized the need to ensure that materials being utilized are up to its optimal quality and that the entire workforce should not be engaged in any form of corruption.

“Sa akin walang masama sa national housing. Ang masama ang mga tao na nag-implement … Huwag natin sisihin ang ahensya mismo kundi ang nasa ahensya mga tao na ang tatakaw, di alam paano hinto sa pagnanakaw dahil silaw na silaw sila sa pera,” Senator Lacson said.

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