Gov't committed to providing new homes to typhoon Sendong victims

January 8, 2012 12:22 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 8 — The government is committed to providing new homes to the families severely affected by the flashfloods spawned by typhoon "Sendong" in Cagayan De Oro and Iligan.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Juliano-Soliman said the housing needs of the typhoon victims will be handled by the agency's core assistance shelter program (CSAP).

She said families with small children and those with pregnant and lactating mothers; surrogate parents of orphaned children; families with damaged shelters units; families with damaged houses whose head of household died or were incapacitated as a result of the disaster; and families with seriously ill members, or persons with disabilities or with special needs, will be prioritized in this initiative.

CSAP provides structurally strong and indigenous shelter constructed in disaster safe relocation/resettlement areas which can withstand up to 220 kilometers per hour wind velocity, earthquake up to intensity 4, and other similar hazards.

Soliman said the DSWD, in coordination with Cagayan De Oro and Iligan local governments, has already identified nine relocation sites suitable for CSAP.

Seven temporary relocation sites are located in Calaanan, Lumbia, Agusan Elementary School, Mandumol basketball court, Buena Oro covered court, Camaman-an Covered Court, Fatima Parish Hall and Mt. Carmel Church in Cagayan de Oro City.

Another two permanent relocation sites were also identified in Calaanan (9.5 hectares) and Lumbia (5 hectares).

In Iligan City, three permanent relocation sites were identified in National Steel Corporation 8 (hectares), Sta. Felomina (3 hectares) and Sta Elena (14.4 hectares); and one temporary relocation site in Barangay Tambo (Integrated Bus Terminal).

Bunkhouses are also being built in Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro to accommodate 350 families. The DSWD will construct bunkhouses for 120 families, while the International Organization Mission will build bunkhouses for 230 families, Soliman added.

Likewise, 80 tents are now installed in Barangay Tambo, Iligan City, and 70 more tents will be installed soon.

The local government social workers conducted validation of beneficiaries for the core shelter program of the DSWD.

The number of damaged houses in Cagayan De Oro reached 18,436 (5,801 totally damaged and 12,635 partially damaged).

In Iligan City, number of damaged houses registered at 20,105 (5,237 totally damaged and 14,868 partially damaged). (PNA)



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