Tacloban mayor Alfred Romualdez is a man with a mission: six months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the city, he's still trying to find permanent homes for 14,000 families displaced by the worst storm in the country's history.
The central government recently allocated over $5 million to Tacloban but the funds have mostly been penciled in for rebuilding the city's public buildings and infrastructure.
However, for Mayor Romualdez housing is Tacloban's most pressing problem. He's trying to obtain funding for a master plan to build new townships, and get residents to higher and safer ground.
"Shelters are a priority now, especially in the danger zones," he said, referring to houses that Haiyan survivors rebuilt near the shores.
Most of the huts are not supposed to be there, as they are well within the 40-meter no-build-zone near the shoreline. But when asked why they are rebuilding where the next typhoon or tsunami could easily hit first, most residents said 'where else could we go?'
"Many of them are still there because we don't have enough temporary shelters; many of them are still in tents and makeshift houses," said Romualdez.
There is a sense of urgency, because the start of the rainy season is just two months away.
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Romualdez did not deny that political rivalry between the central and local government is part of the reason for the slow rehabilitation in Tacloban. Romualdez comes from the Marcos clan, often seen as political rivals of the Aquino family.