Planning underway for NHA's permanent 'Yolanda' housing

February 27, 2014 9:47 am 

By Catherine J. Teves

MANILA, Feb. 26 (PNA) — National Housing Authority (NHA) is preparing to develop in several areas permanent shelter for victims of super typhoon 'Yolanda' (international name 'Haiyan') which ravaged Central Philippines in November 2013.

Available NHA data show that as of mid-February 2014, the agency already commenced planning work for its five 'Yolanda' housing projects in Region VIII's Samar Island as well as Region VI's Iloilo and Negros Occidental provinces.

Such regions and other Central Philippine areas reeled from the onslaught of 'Yolanda.'

Experts cited 'Yolanda' as among global recorded history's strongest cyclones to make landfall.

Corresponding site development plans for the NHA 'Yolanda' housing undertakings will show existing conditions in the project areas and proposed improvements there for review, approval and subsequent construction.

NHA earlier targeted providing in such areas 2,400 dwelling units (DUs) across 18 hectares of Samar, Iloilo and Negros Occidental land where 'Yolanda' victims concerned will resettle.

Location and number of housing provisions there are Samar Island's Basey municipality (350 DUs), San Isidro municipality (453 DUs) and Kadugganan Village (197 DUs); Iloilo's Ajuy municipality (350 DUs) and Negros Occidental's Sagay City (1,050 DUs).

Aside from such locations, the data show NHA will prepare site development plans for four other permanent 'Yolanda' housing projects in Central Philippines' Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo and Negros Occidental provinces.

NHA's target work there covers 2,550 DUs for construction in 17 hectares of various land tracts.

In its latest available 'Yolanda' situationer, the 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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