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Two years not enough to reconstruct Yolanda devastated areas—Singson

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DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson PHOTO VIA DPWH.GOV.PH

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson on Monday said the reconstruction of areas heavily devastated by typhoon Yolanda won’t be completed by 2016 because of the extent of the damages wrought by the typhoon.

“We are telling you it cannot be done in two years with this scale of the devastation there,” DPWH Sec. Rogelio Singson said at a televised press briefing in Malacañang.

Singson said the government is doing whatever it can to hasten the construction of bunkhouses for typhoon victims. He said 126 of 222 bunkhouses have already been completed.

Nearly 6,000 families are set to be transferred by the end of this month.

A bunkhouse costs P83,017 and has 24 rooms or unit that accommodates a family composed of three to four persons. However, international experts say one room might not be enough for a family.

“Instead of 24 families in a bunkhouse, we’re reducing them to 12 families. So now, one family will occupy a bigger unit,” Singson said.

“One family can now occupy not just 8.64 square meters but 17.28 square meters. And that is already acceptable to international standards,” Singson said.

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