It has been more than three years since Typhoon Yolanda badly hit the Philippines, but the reconstruction of a school and municipal hall of a town in Samar where it made its landfall has not yet been completed. This is according to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo this Saturday, January 14. See photos below.
“The sad part of the visit to Guiuan was finding that the rebuilding of the municipal hall has not been completed. The various municipal offices hold office in makeshift structures including the mayor and the councilors. The reason? Lack of funding.” DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo wrote as caption of the photos shared on her official Facebook page.
As you can see, the three-storey municipal hall of Guiuan, Eastern Samar still has no doors, windows and roof, and the walls are not yet fully-finished. On a separate post, Sec. Taguiwalo also shared photos of classrooms of Guiuan’s central elementary school that have not yet been rehabilitated. These screaming photos are clear evidences and will not lie.
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Last November 7, Sec. Taguiwalo explained the current status of the Yolanda funds via the DSWD. The next day, in commemoration of the 3rd anniversary of Yolanda, Senator Loren Legarda said that Congress has allocated P25.6 billion as housing assistance for the victims, noting that the government has not yet released P20.7 billion as of June, 2016.
Apparently, the question as to where are the Yolanda funds has been asked many times to Mar Roxas, who was then the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary. Filipinos and his political nemesis have been questioning his performance from the distribution of relief goods to re-building of houses for the survivors who lost their homes.
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Roxas, who lost his presidential bid in the 2016 elections and recently went to New York for a vacation with his wife Korina Sanchez, has not yet commented on this latest controversy on Yolanda funds as of posting. But in earlier interviews, he categorically denied accusations that the allocated money was misused, and that his hands are clean.