TACLOBAN CITY- Typhoon victims whose bunk houses were constructed in a private lot located along Caibaan area have until December of this year to stay. This after the owner of the lot, the International Pharmaceuticals Inc. (IPI), agreed to extend their stay on the area. Under an earlier agreement with the city government, the typhoon victims have only until June 30, 2014 to stay.

However, the owner of the lot was persuaded to extend the deadline considering that the permanent shelters intended for the survivors have yet to be done. There are 528 families or 2,237 persons who are currently living in bunk houses constructed by the government as their temporary shelters after their houses were totally destroyed during the onslaught of supertyphoon Yolanda eight months ago. These families are to be transferred at the new resettlement areas located in Barangays Sto. Niño, Old Kawayan, New Kawayan, and Tagpuro, all in the northern part of the city.

“I’m glad that our stay here was extended. We don’t know where to go as we could not transfer to the relocation sites,” said Lenie Regis, 40 years old. She added that she is rearing to transfer to a permanent house where her family could have their own kitchen and bathroom, unlike at the bunk house. “Aside from the strict rules that we have to follow here, living in a bunk house causes us discomfort as it is hot and we don’t have our own comfort room,” Gerry Garredo, a fisherman, added.(NIZA APRIL PORTEZA)