The unclear “No Build Zone” policy is a test of patience for 25-year-old mother Gemalyn Lanunte, one of the thousands of Yolanda survivors in the typhoon-stricken Tacloban City.

Lanunte rebuilt their house within the high risk zone area in Anibong district. She said they are willing to be relocated but they are still waiting for the house that would be given to them in Cawayan village.

“We knew that we are in a squatter area, but we have no choice but to build back our house here while waiting for the house promised to us,” she said. “My family is willing to relocate because we knew that this place is very dangerous and we are afraid that what we experienced during Yolanda would happen again.”

According to Lanunte, they reconstructed their house out of scattered debris. She claimed that they haven’t received any assistance on building back their present makeshift house.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), one of the non-government organization (NGO) only caters those households who have no capacity of fixing their house because of poverty. Those who already had roofing can no longer avail on their project.

According to Diana Ragub, focal person of IOM’s shelter project, their focus was on the shelter recovery; giving out roofing materials. Their beneficiaries are those who are only affected by the wind and not the totally damaged one. – Sherymae Seso, LNU Intern

Seaside residents still waiting for relocation

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