Tolentino presses probe into substandard Yolanda housing

November 11, 2018
Francis Tolentino

FIVE years after supertyphoon Yolanda hit the country, former Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino yesterday proposed a formal investigation into the quality of houses built for victims.

Tolentino said Yolanda victims still live with the threat of shaky shelters, some with no electrical or water connection and with poor sewerage system.

He pointed out that of 14,433 families needing housing units, only 8,106 units have been constructed and 5,617 were turned over to beneficiaries.

He noted that half of the 8,000 units were constructed, completed and turned over during the Duterte administration.

Tolentino said the Duterte government is now gathering evidence against the previous administration over allegations of missing Yolanda funds.

During his tenure as chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Tolentino was one of the first to respond when supertyphoon Yolanda hit Tacloban and Samar areas in the morning of Nov. 8, 2013.

Tolentino led the MMDA-team that helped in the rescue and massive clearing operations in hardly hit Tacloban City and other towns of Leyte and Samar.