By Paulo Loreto Lim
According to a study conducted by the group Kilusang Pagbabago (Movement for Change), five barangays in Bugasong, Antique recently suffered from devastating floods as a result of an unfinished Yolanda relocation site.
The group recently conducted a dialogue with local residents, led by Region VI lead convenor, Fr. Jose Elmer Cajilig, where residents claimed a National Housing Authority (NHA) project, which bulldozed portions of Barangay Lacayon and reclaimed four creeks, contributed to the amplified flooding situation.
They say the creeks now flow into one tributary, which floods whenever it rains.
Back in August 2016, a letter was sent to Bugasong Mayor John Lloyd M. Pacete regarding the situation; however, residents claim he has yet to respond.
Meanwhile, residents report Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino, who was designated as rehabilitation czar last November, has yet to visit the area.
President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Dino with hopes resettlements would be completed by the following month, but, according to a release by Kilusang Pagbabago, nobody has been able to relocate in Barangay Lacayon.
The project, run by Eddmari Construction and Trading, projected a total 1,787 units upon completion.
Super Typhoon Yolanda struck the Philippines in November 2013./PLL, WDJ