#TalkThursday with Rogelio Singson


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Rappler speaks to Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson on the issues surrounding the bunkhouses DPWH is building for Haiyan survivors.

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler speaks to Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, the man other than former Senator Ping Lacson whom people are closely watching as the country embarks on the rehabilitation of areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

While some one million families left homeless by the past year’s most powerful tropical cyclone are awaiting for decent shelter, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is plagued by reports of overpriced bunkhouses. (READ: ‘Kickbacks on Haiyan bunkhouses at 30%’)

Confounding the issue is Singson’s recent admission that his agency was initially not aware that the bunkhouses they were building were smaller than international standards – in fact, only half the size of the world’s model for a liveable space for a family. (READ: DPWH didn’t know standard for shelters

The DPWH has since made adjustments – reduced from 24 to 12 the number of families or units per bunkhouse – but criticisms and apprehensions about the agency’s efforts continue.

Watch the interview with Singson below.

– Rappler.com

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