PPPs help blaze trail for 'Yolanda' victims' housing

February 26, 2014 6:42 am 

By Catherine J. Teves

MANILA, Feb. 25 (PNA) — Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are helping provide permanent shelter for victims of super typhoon 'Yolanda' (international name 'Haiyan') which ravaged Central Philippines last year.

Available data from National Housing Authority (NHA) show three private groups that partnered with this agency already commenced respective work on building the initial 1,858 permanent dwelling units (DUs) for victims in Leyte province, one of areas hardest hit by 'Yolanda.'

The data show on Feb. 11, GMA Kapuso Foundation started its construction of 440 DUs at a 3.50-ha. lot in Kapuso Village, Bgy. New Kawayan in Leyte's typhoon-hit capital Tacloban City.

Finalization of plans and estimates scheduled for completion this month are also among activities for the foundation's second 'Yolanda' housing project covering construction of 200 DUs on a 2.05-ha. area in Kapuso Village, Bgy. San Jose in Palo municipality.

NGO Habitat for Humanity commenced pre-construction activities for its 852-DU project on a 6.50-ha. land in Kawayan Ville 1, also in Tacloban City, the data further show.

Survey work likewise already began for anti-poverty group Gawad Kalinga's 366-DU project on a 2.48-ha. lot in Prime Town Phase 1, Bgy. Pago in Leyte's Tanauan municipality with the group starting housing construction in mid-Feb, the data further show.

Last month, the three groups signed with NHA respective agreements for the housing projects.

NHA will undertake the projects' land development.

Among activities for the land development are roadwork as well as provision of water supply and drainage.

Earlier, NHA has set the signing with LGUs concerned and Philippine Red Cross corresponding agreements on building an additional 8,266 DUs for 'Yolanda' victims in Leyte, Eastern Samar, Negros Occidental, Iloilo and Capiz provinces.

In its latest available 'Yolanda' situationer, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 6,201 people were reported dead from this typhoon as of 6 a.m. Jan. 29.

'Yolanda' also left 28,626 people injured and 1,785 others missing, NDRRMC said.

The super typhoon likewise affected some 16 million people in regions IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI and Caraga, NDRRMC continued.

NDRRMC added 'Yolanda' damaged infrastructure, agriculture and 1.14 million houses. (PNA)

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