Occupants of bunkhouses in Caibaan village are losing their patience with the process of transition from transitional shelter to permanent housing.
It has been eight months after Yolanda devastated the city, settlers in bunkhouses claimed that shelter needs are still unmet.
Cecilia Cabanas, a 37-year-old small neighborhood retail shop owner from San Jose district once lived a comfy life in a concrete house with her three kids and husband, Conrad, 38, a casual worker at the Commission on Elections.
She claimed that their suffering after the typhoon continue due to poor living condition in bunkhouses.
“Since we’ve been relocated here, my youngest child was diagnosed with dengue fever twice. When it rains, it becomes grime and awful smell starts to disperse all over the place.”
“Also, the supply of water is very limited. We find it hard to live here but we’re still more blessed compared to others”, she added.
Meanwhile, government and non-government organizations join forces to help the victims to stand amidst the crisis. One of them is the Catholic Relief Services (CRS).
CRS responds to the typhoon Haiyan victims with emergency shelters, hygiene kits and other life-saving supplies.
They started to work on the emergency shelters in Palo- one of their covered municipalities in Leyte last April 2014 and of this month, the estimated finished houses were 1,500 and by May next year, they target to finish 10,000 houses.
According to their data, they covered 32 villages, some of which are San Joaquin, Salvacion, Cogon, Tacuranga, San Fernando, and Libertad. – Kathryn A. Orbigozo, LNU Intern