The National Housing Authority (NHA) gave a nod to provide at least P4 billion for the establishment of 12, 016 houses in areas not covered by resettlement projects for super typhoon Yolanda survivors.
On February 22, NHA Eastern Visayas Regional Manager Rizalde Mediavillo announced this initiative of the government to deliver more housing projects.
Over 15, 000 new houses were supposed to be built but only 12, 016 were approved by the agency. The fund will come from the unspent allocations from the 2016 Yolanda Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Progra.
“There were proposals to download funds to local government units, but President Rodrigo Duterte directed us to implement the project by contract in accordance with existing procurement rules. The procurement is scheduled starting this first quarter of 2018,” Mediavillo said.
Among the 12,016 houses, 9,516 units will rise in Leyte province, which include 1,500 in Dulag town; 1,616 in Leyte; 1,000 in Barugo; 1,000 in Tabontabon; 2,000 in Villaba; 600 in Capoocan; 300 in Dagami; 1,000 in Sta. Fe; and 500 in Javier.
For the Samar province, 2,500 houses will be built in the towns of Talalora (1,000 units), Daram (1,000 houses), and Zumaraga (500 units).
The government official said each resettlement area will have a multi-purpose covered court and training center to promote livelihood and community projects.
The plan would add to the current 56, 240 permanent houses provided for the Yolanda survivors.
Of the total, 14,433 are in Tacloban City, 16,199 in Leyte, 130 in Southern Leyte, 8,900 in Samar, 7,573 in Eastern Samar, and 8,905 in Biliran province.