Confirmed: Houses built for Yolanda victims during Aquino administration are substandard

After facing accusations of perjury, contract violations and plunder, the contractor of the P892 million housing project for “Yolanda” victims was proven guilty as it was confirmed by an inspection sent by the chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez.
Yolanda houses / Photo from Google

The said investigation was lobbied during a House hearing a month ago when JC Tayag of the construction firm denied accusations by subcontractor Camilo Salazar that he used substandard steel and bars for the construction of over 2,000 houses in Balangiga, Hernani and Guiuan towns, Eastern Samar.

Immediately after the hearing, the House panel dispatched a team of construction experts to determine who between the contractor and whistleblower Salazar was telling the truth.

The team, composed of engineers from the NHA and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), found out that instead of 12 mm steel enforcement bars and 20 mm horizontal bars, the constructed houses were undersized by 6 mm and 12  mm, respectively.

The findings of the inspection substantiated that indeed inferior construction materials were used in constructing the units, making JC Tayag Builders, the contractor of the said project liable in jeopardizing the lives of the super-typhoon survivors because of the substandard houses his firm built. 

Tayag will be facing charges of plunder and a string of criminal cases.

Itong contractor na ito, niloko na mga tao sa Eastern Samar, niloko pa rin ang committee,” Benitez said.

There is a possibility that similar houses for Yolanda victims are being built in Leyte, Biliran and other provinces that suffered the super-typhoon’s wrath,” he added.


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Source: Manila Bulletin
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