Tuesday, October 20, 2009

No Takers Yet For Tent City.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- None of Benguet’s residents have so far taken the tents set up at Benguet State University (BSU) here.
Almost 20 shelter boxes have been set up between the strawberry farm and the BSU marketing center as of late Monday afternoon. But no family seems to want to live there.
BSU information officer Jennyline S. Tabangcura said families are yet to be identified and talks on permanent relocation for the homeless are underway.
A lot owned by the BSU is being eyed to become the site of permanent residences for over 350 people rendered homeless by Typhoon Pepeng.
Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan said the priority is to set up permanent structures for the homeless as people are having second thoughts in living in a tent city.
Through the Rotary Club International, ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that gives emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide.
The boxes were set up over the weekend.
In the meantime, nine centers are still accommodating those who have nowhere to go while private families have taken in people they can accommodate.
The Puguis Elementary School, National Irrigation Administration compound, the church of the Nazarene, Veterans building, Girls Scouts of the Philippines, Garden City, Holy Angel Church and the Assembly of God Church still play host to hundreds of displaced families.
Fongwan said talks are ongoing to provide shelter and the city is finding a way to acquire materials needed for the homes.
The tents can accommodate five persons, while provisions for kitchen, bathrooms and shower are yet to be set up.

The tent city is one of the temporary solutions for those rendered homeless by the typhoon.
Fongwan said 35 houses were destroyed by the typhoon in this highland town, leaving hundreds homeless.

Title: No Takers Yet For Tent City.
Author:Ma. Elena Catajan
Publisher: Sunstar Baguio. www.sunstar.com.ph
All Credits for this article is given to the author and publisher above.

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