Houses Affected by P8-Billion Road Heightening and Tide Embankment (RHTE) Project Shall Be Relocated or Compensated Prior to Start - DPWH VIII

Thursday, May 5, 2016

DPWH Regional Office VIII assures the City government of Tacloban that it will not start the construction of the P7.95-billion Road Heightening and Tide Embankment (RHTE) Project until such time that affected families have been given relocation or just compensation.

In the reply of DPWH Assistant Regional Director Edgar B. Tabacon to the Tacloban City Council’s Resolution appealing to the DPWH VIII to stop demolition of houses at the declared danger zones to pave way to the construction of embankment project, DPWH reiterates that it will transfer first the affected families to their permanent resettlement area before starting the project.

It was further clarified that no demolition has been undertaken by DPWH in Tacloban City in connection with the RHTE project.

The RHTE Project will cover 27.3 kilometer tide embankment with a proposed four-meter seawall structure that will serve as the first line of defense against rising seas, or worst scenario, tsunamis, in coastal communities of the Yolanda-affected areas of Tacloban City, Palo and Tanauan Towns.