UN: Yolanda survivors need more funding for Shelters
by FFE PH News Staff
The United Nations humanitarian office revealed in a report on Tuesday that more foreign aid is needed to fund the emergency housing projects needed to house Yolanda survivors.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (UNOCHA) said that only 12 of 33 emergency housing projects have received funding, which totals $40.088m. But this is only 22% of the estimated $178.4m budget needed for shelters as calculated by international aid groups. According the UN office, the remaining 21 have yet to receive funding.
The report said ‘Shelter is seriously and disproportionally underfunded: So far only 12 of the 33 projects in the Strategic Response Plan’s shelter section have received funding.’ It added ‘(l)ow funding for recovery shelter and limited transitional settlement options are prolonging the stay of displaced people in evacuation centers.’
The report came out amid news that the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) temporary bunkhouses were overpriced and did not meet specifications. Rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson said he had been investigating these claims since December, and added that a certain local politician may have been getting 30-35% kickbacks from contractors.
According to the report, around 4.1 million people have been displaced by typhoon Yolanda which damaged at least 1.1 million houses and completely tore down 550,000 others last 8 November.