DSWD on bunkhouses: What overpricing?



SOCIAL Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman talks with a group of protesters demanding distribution of relief goods in Compostela Valley. KARLOS MANLUPIG

MONTEVISTA, Compostela Valley— Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman denied that the bunkhouses that her agency is building in typhoon-devastated areas are overpriced.

“No, it is not overpriced. You can go to the pricing and that is one of the cheapest,” she said.

“And we are using more permanent materials,” Soliman added.

A bunkhouse, which included bathrooms, a dirty kitchen and sinks, being constructed by the DSWD costs P550,000. The nongovernment group International Organization for Migration (IOM), however, builds a bunkhouse, without bathrooms, dirty kitchen and sinks, for only P200,000.

The bunkhouses are intended to serve as temporary shelters for those who had been rendered homeless by the typhoon, pending construction of new homes for them. But Soliman insisted that the DSWD was using different construction materials compared to IOM-funded bunkhouses.

“Their materials are different from ours. All of our bunkhouses have cemented floors and sides,” Soliman explained.

A check made by the Inquirer revealed that there was little difference between the bunkhouses built by the DSWD and IOM. In the village of San Antonio in Cateel town , Davao Oriental, the bunkhouses built by the DSWD and IOM have coconut lumber for posts and brackets, ordinary plywood for wall, windows and doors, and concrete floors.

The rooms’ floor area is also almost the same—DSWD’s measures 12 feet by 16 feet and IOM’s measures 10 feet by 18 feet.

The “dirty kitchen” is a long concrete cooking counter with steel bars to hold the pots. The sinks are made of concrete with a hole, which serves as drainage, in the middle. The bathrooms have plain GI sheets as walls, while the rest rooms have similar-looking toilet bowls.

The DSWD plans to build a total of 60 bunkhouses in the towns of Boston, Cateel and Baganga in Davao Oriental. Karlos Manlupig

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  • Mike

    Sec Soliman, bring private estimator and you will find out the true cost of your bunkhouse. From the picture alone, I can say it is too expensive considering the type of materials they used.

  • popeyee

    So the combined toilet, the dirty kitchen and the sinks are more expensive than the bunkhouse itself?? Di kaya may ginto yong inuduro??

    • cute79

      may diamond dw kasama hahaha


    Pati ba naman yan, pinag-kwa-kwartahan ninyo? Mahiya naman kayo!

  • cute79

    grabe kahit pobreng mamayan di pinalampas.mahiya naman kayo!

  • cute79

    corruption is everywhere!!It’s more fun in the Phils talaga

  • Danilo Navarro

    talaga naman ang mga expert kuno gumawa ng maganda ang gobyerno gumagawa ng paraan para siraan punta kayo sa lugar ng compo makikita ninyo ang totoo nabasa ninyo lang ang ganito  tirada na agad kayo pero di ninyo naman kita  kuh tumulong nga kayo  sa kababayan natin  

  • XY ZEE

    Saan kukuha si Dinky ng  pang-streak sa buhok niya?
    Akala nyo ba na mura ang pagpalit kg kulay ng buhok araw-araw?

  • buttones

    There must be a lot or architects and QS out there that can price this out in a matter of minutes [no labour]

    Floor area- concrete about 180 sq feet [ no idea why government use imperial measures considering our weights and measures has been metric since 1976, but there you are….]
    Coconut framing and ply walls for one, louvered glass windows I assume and panel doors.
    Concrete ‘sides’ – which I assume means walls, for the other, windows and doors the same. These ‘sides’ are I guess hollow blocks, sand cement mix not mentioned, rendering not mentioned.
    No mention of any roof, GI corrugated I guess, no gauge mentioned..

    If it is the case IOM can provide what is essentially temporary housing for 200,00 peso sans toilet and dirty kitchen [which seems to cost a fortune] why are government spending so much? It’s temporary for God’s sake! And it’s GROSSLY over priced!
    Three years ago I built a 6 meter by 5 meter extension to my cottage, two windows, one door, all hardwood and glazed, ceramic tiles, steel supported roof, high pitched with corrugated PVC over, 4:1 concrete blocks, all rendered inside and out, covered eaves, concrete fiberboard ceilings, electrics included, and a deck outside, plus a new cesspit— cost? 350,000 peso… snacks.
    Something is WRONG!

  • MG

    Mam Dinky malaki ang diperensiya. Baguhin mo na ang design mo para mabawasan ang gastos ng pera ng bayan para sa temporary shelter. O ikaw ang masusunod na naman. Wag mo naman  pahiyain ang boss mo (… ang mga Pinoy people ). Palawanag naman siguro ang kailangan dito.

  • banahaw

    i have been to baganga davao oriental and this bunk houses are over price same materials use by iom and this bunk houses have no source of water.Yes they have toilets and dirty kitchen but what’s the use with out water?baganga’s water source are mostly from springs and deep wells but this bunk houses are not within the SPHERE standard of water source.They are spending millions to go into their pockets while people in baganga and cateel are dying of hunger.

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