DPWH Adjusts Bunkhouse Sizes to Conform to Acceptable Standards

Friday, January 10, 2014

Responding to the observation of some international observers, the Department Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will adjust the sizes of the temporary shelters or bunkhouses to conform to acceptable international standards.

“Bunkhouses or temporary shelters were requested by the DSWD and the LGUs and the sites were likewise identified by LGUs,” said DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson.

bunkhouses were intended as temporary shelters for “Yolanda” survivors now staying underneath tents and tarpaulins and those families, living along coastal areas, whose houses were washed out during the onslaught of super typhoon “Yolanda.”

Each bunkhouse is divided into 24 units. But, some international observers noted that the allocated area should have been wider than the designed 8.64 square meters per unit. However, DSWD has the option to allow families with more than four (4) members to use two (2) adjacent rooms.

“It’s so easy to dismantle the partition between two (2) units so that each family can occupy a wider area of 17.28 square meters,” said Singson.

He further said that “it will take some time to identify the sites for permanent housing and eventually the building of permanent housing structures for these dislocated families. The construction of temporary shelters will provide them with more decent living quarters rather than in tents or evacuation centers exposing them to natural elements.”

Singson also reiterated his directive to closely monitor contractors’ compliance to the approved plans and specifications of the bunkhouses before they (contractors) are paid.

About 87 contractors, coming from different parts of the country, volunteered to undertake construction of bunkhouses in 42 sites in Eastern Visayas.

Contractors who responded to call for humanitarian efforts in undertaking immediate construction of temporary shelter are the following: AKH Const., 8 units; JD Legaspi, 5 units; Goldrock , 2 units; R. Lustre, 2 units; Kings Builder & Dev. Corp., 2 units; JMT Const., 1 unit; Dumlao Const., 1 unit; Reyrose Const., 8 units; 3 CSL Const., 2 units; Rowies Const., 2 units; Tabada Const., 2 units; Reggie Built Const., 1 unit; Alzam Const., 1 unit; D. Gos Teston Const., 1 unit; PJ San Pedro Const., 1 unit; Tagum Builders Const., 1 unit; DL Enterprises, 1 unit; WTG Const., 1 unit; Equi-Parco Const., 1 unit; WDM Const., 1 unit; Jejors Const., 1 unit; MM Ent., 1 unit; Mamsa Const., 1 unit; Venray Const., 1 unit; LC Teng Const., 1 unit; Road Edge Const., 1 unit; C' Charles Const., 1 unit; VT Lao Const., 3 units; Maer Summit Const., 1 unit; Trocio Const., 1 unit; Fort Stone Const., 1 unit; F.P De Guzman Const., 2 units; Aylan Const., 2 units; Flordes Const., 2 units; AKN Const., 2 units; Anolin Const., 1 unit; IM Const., 1 unit; Bernardo Const., 2 units; Jagon Const., 2 units; Tampenco Const., 1 unit; Rend Const., 1 unit; C&F Const., 2 units; Gemma, 1 unit; Sargon, 1 unit; T. Square Builders, 2 units; Sarangani Rock Mixer, 2 units; Vertical Builders, 2 units; J.G Oranza Const., 2 units; Hanna Via Design& Const., 2 units; KGD Builders, 2 units; Freden Const., 2 units; MJ Tiongzon Const., 2 units; Kevin Yoshi Builders, 2 units; Dellosa Design & Build Services, 2 units; RD Interior Const., 6 units; Ferdstar Const., 1 unit; Northern Builders, 1 unit; Marcbilt Const. Inc., 2 units; Avila Const., 2 units; Jemak Const., 2 units; R.V. Laborte Builders, 2 units; Harley Const., 3 units; WERR Corporation, 3 units; I&E Construction, 2 units; W.J. Const., 1 unit; Sarca Const., 1 unit; Megashine Bldrs., 1 unit; JBC Const., 2 units; F. Rosales, 1 unit; Davao Const., 5 units; C'zarles Const. & Supply, 4 units; Q.M. Builders, 5 units; Richmark Const., 12 units; Haide Const., 5 units; LR Tiqui, 2 units; FA Nepomuceno, 3 units; Lead Tech, 3 units; Pajate Const., 2 units; Daybreak Ent-Eng’g. & Const., 7 units; E.M. Paule Construction, 7 units; Borongan MBC Const., 19 units; Syvil Construction, 9 units; Eastern Pacific Const., 6 units; Hi Tone Dev. Corp., 2 units; Pablo S. Labasbas Const., 5 units; DSB Const. & Dev. Corp., 2 units; and Premium Marketing & Dev. Corp., 4 units.