CORTES, Bohol – Some beneficiaries of post-earthquake core housing project provided by the national government through the Habitat for Humanity Foundation Inc. are refused or denied to claim their materials from the stock in this town, a reliable government source monitoring the project but asked anonymity, said.
The source said that the in-charge of the materials release, whom he did not named, insisted that any beneficiary should wait for his turn to haul the materials from here to their place because there’s a schedule when to haul them.
But the beneficiary concerned did not know his schedule to haul the materials, the source said, saying that Habitat seemed did not coordinate with the beneficiaries or local government units concerned.
The source said that some housing structure already erected but lack of roofing materials since the stock have not arrived yet. This further delayed the project, he said.
Habitat, the implementer of the project under an agreement, has reportedly been under fire for some lapses in dealing with the situation.
Some town officials interviewed earlier said that there’s already the money but still there’s a lot of problem. Before the problem is funds, now that there’s already fund there’s still a lot of headache, according one chief executive.
Hoarding of the materials in this town’s gym caused a lot of problem for the beneficiaries because they’re the ones who will haul the said materials from here to their respective places. Some questioned why the materials are stocked here, why not deliver them directly to the beneficiaries.
The source said that under the agreement between the government and Habitat, stocks of materials are hoarded here as the center for this benenficaries of Antequaera, Maribojoc and this town.
Habitat aims to construct 8,083 priority houses for the quake victims in 17 hardest hit municipalities.
The DSWD represented by Sec. Soliman, Habitat by Charlie Ayco and Bohol provincial government by Gov. Edgar Chatto signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in building the houses.
Under the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), the “Core Shelter Assistance (CSA) aims to provide environment friendly, structurally strong shelter units that can withstand up to 220 kph wind velocity, earthquakes up to intensity 4 of the Richter scale and other similar natural hazards in relocation sites provided by the national or local government units as much as possible using locally available materials to revitalize local economy.”
The agreement stipulates that the cost of the CSA per unit will be PhP88,000 for totally damaged house, broken down as follows: Php70,000 from the DSWD and the PhP18,000 from the Habitat may be in the form of cash, labor including volunteers, land for the project, facilities or equipment, administrative cost, communal facilities, such as day care centers and libraries, social services such as medicines missions, feeding programs.
The total cost (P88,000) per housing unit for a total of 8,083 core shelters would be PhP711,304,000, the MOA provides. DSWD shall provide funding support in the amount of PhP565,810,000 equivalent to PhP70,000 per unit of core shelter to realize this program.