NHA, DOH settle PCMC land row

December 17, 2014 by · Comments Off on NHA, DOH settle PCMC land row 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Dec. 17 (PNA) – The Senate committee on health has terminated its inquiry into the land being occupied by the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) in Quezon City after the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Housing Authority (NHA) settled their dispute.

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Public hearing on the Philippine Children Medical Center

December 17, 2014 by · Comments Off on Public hearing on the Philippine Children Medical Center 

141217170654Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV along with Senator Teofisto Guingona III (left photo), Chairperson Committee on Health and Demography/Women,Family Relations and Gender Equality, discuss with Department of Health Acting Secretary Janette Garin (right photo) the land occupied by the Philippine Children Medical Center (PCMC) during the public hearing on Wednesday (December 17, 2014) at the Senate in Pasay City. The Senate terminated the hearing after the National Housing Authority (NHA) and DOH settled the PCMC land dispute. (PNA photos by Avito C. Dalan)LAM/acd

Demand for housing units in Davao urban areas rises due to population hike

November 25, 2014 by · Comments Off on Demand for housing units in Davao urban areas rises due to population hike 

DAVAO CITY, Nov. 25 –- The National Housing Authority (NHA) here vowed to build more houses in the region as the demand for housing in urban areas continues to rise the past years.

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Government needs more land for 'Yolanda' housing

November 11, 2014 by · Comments Off on Government needs more land for 'Yolanda' housing 

By Catherine J. Teves

MANILA, Nov. 10 (PNA) – The Government is searching for suitable tracts of land where it can build some 40,000 permanent housing units for victims of super typhoon 'Yolanda' (international name 'Haiyan') last year.

Multi-stakeholders policy forum a year after ‘Yolanda’

"Such land where the victims will resettle must be free from storm surges, landslides and other hazards – we must avoid putting them in harm's way." said Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson.

At the multi-stakeholders' forum the government spearheaded Monday (Nov. 10) in Metro Manila, he said the search for hazard-free resettlement sites is "most challenging" due to difficulty in finding land suitable for the purpose.

Searching for suitable land is essential in rehabilitating areas 'Yolanda' ravaged as doing so is in line with the build back better policy government adapted there to help promote safety, disaster risk reduction (DRR), resilience and better economic growth, however, he said.

Among hazards of concern to DRR are those of natural origin, said authorities.

They also said government already identified suitable tracts of land for some 105,000 other permanent housing units for 'Yolanda' victims.

National Housing Authority (NHA) General Manager Chito Cruz said government earlier this year prioritized for permanent housing development a total of around 205,000 families in danger areas across regions 'Yolanda' ravaged.

Such count is up from the estimated 60,000 'Yolanda' families government last year prioritized for permanent housing, he said.

"Providing housing for the priority families is a tall order so we'll appreciate private initiatives to help meet this goal," he said at the forum's side.

He noted NHA normally develops land which LGUs provide while the private sector builds housing units there.

"We check quality of the private sector's work," he said.

'Yolanda' plowed through Central Philippines on Nov. 8 last year, killing over 6,000 people and destroying nearly everything in its path.

Experts cited 'Yolanda' as the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall so far in the world's recorded history.

Destruction from 'Yolanda' covered a total 171 cities andmunicipalities in 14 provinces across six regions, noted Lacson.

"As of today, Department of Budget and Management already disbursed some PHP 50 billion for national government agencies' programs, projects and activities there," he said.

He thanked the private sector and international organizations for respective efforts on helping 'Yolanda' victims get back on their feet.

Lacson also sees need for public-private partnership (PPP) in rehabilitation efforts across the 'Yolanda' areas due to magnitude and complexity of the work involved.

PPP must be institutionalized in post-disaster efforts, he said.

In its latest available update on the calamity, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said as of April 3 this year, a total 6,293 people were reported dead from 'Yolanda.'

NDRRMC said 'Yolanda' also left 28,689 people injured and 1,061 others missing.

'Yolanda' likewise totally damaged 550,928 houses and partially destructed 589,404 dwellings.

Citing existing government guidelines, Lacson said about 1,252 families will get their permanent housing units from NHA this year.

"Around 118,748 housing units will be completed and turned over to 'Yolanda' victims by 2015 while the balance will be completed before this administration's term ends in 2016," he continued.

Cruz is optimistic NHA can deliver the target 'Yolanda' housing output for 2015, noting government already identified land for most of the units.

Government also already released to NHA some PHP 13.5 billion for constructing 46,000 units and approved additional funding for building more, he continued.

He noted NHA most welcomes private initiatives to help build housing units for the 'Yolanda' victims.

"We allow private sector participation in the undertaking as long as the work complies with government standards," he said.

With assistance from the public works department, he said NHA upgraded its design standards so the 'Yolanda' housing units can withstand 250 kph winds.

Earlier, Lacson said government also required 'Yolanda' housing to withstand intensity 9 earthquakes.

He said government can't classify as 'permanent' 'Yolanda' housing units that don't comply with such wind and earthquake standards.(PNA)

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Cebu among those that quickly recovered from Yolanda devastation

November 8, 2014 by · Comments Off on Cebu among those that quickly recovered from Yolanda devastation 

CEBU CITY, Nov. 7 — Cebu was among the provinces that quickly recovered from the devastation of super typhoon Yolanda on Nov. 8 last year, a disaster risk reduction official said.

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Lot ownership for Philippine Children’s Medical Center

October 29, 2014 by · Comments Off on Lot ownership for Philippine Children’s Medical Center 

141028160506Inset photo shows Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV and Senator Teofisto Guingona III, Chairperson of the Committee on Health and Demography and Women, Family Relation and Gender Equality; try to settle the dispute between officials of the the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) during the public hearing on Tuesday (October 28, 2014) at the Senate Building in Pasay City. The NHA later expressed willingness to donate the 3.7-hectare land that the PCMC is occupying in Quezon City particularly if President Benigno S. Aquino III will issue a proclamation or the Department of Justice (DOJ) issues a legal opinion. (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)LAM/acd

Donation of the NHA lot for the Philippine Children’s Medical Center

October 29, 2014 by · Comments Off on Donation of the NHA lot for the Philippine Children’s Medical Center 

141028152205Photo from left shows Senator Loren Legarda, along with Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV and Senator Teofisto Guingona III, Chairperson of the Committee on Health and Demography and Women, Family Relation and Gender Equality; settle a dispute as the National Housing Authority (NHA) agrees to donate the 3.7-hectare land that the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) is occupying in Quezon City particularly if President Benigno S. Aquino III issues a proclamation or the Department of Justice (DOJ) issues a legal opinion. Right photo shows PCMC executive Director Dr. Julius Lecciones (gesturing) and NHA general manger Atty. Chito Cruz during the public hearing on Tuesday (October 28, 2014) at the Senate Building in Pasay City (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)LAM/acd

NNC to confer highest nutrition award to Southern Leyte’s Maasin City

September 19, 2014 by · Comments Off on NNC to confer highest nutrition award to Southern Leyte’s Maasin City 

PALO, Leyte, Sept. 18 — The National Nutrition Council (NNC) will confer next month the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA) to Maasin City, the second local government unit in Eastern Visayas to receive the highest recognition for nutrition programs implementation.

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NNC to confer highest nutrition award to Southern Leyte’s Maasin City

September 19, 2014 by · Comments Off on NNC to confer highest nutrition award to Southern Leyte’s Maasin City 

PALO, Leyte, Sept. 18 — The National Nutrition Council (NNC) will confer next month the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA) to Maasin City, the second local government unit in Eastern Visayas to receive the highest recognition for nutrition programs implementation.

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NNC to confer highest nutrition award to Southern Leyte’s Maasin City

September 19, 2014 by · Comments Off on NNC to confer highest nutrition award to Southern Leyte’s Maasin City 

PALO, Leyte, Sept. 18 — The National Nutrition Council (NNC) will confer next month the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA) to Maasin City, the second local government unit in Eastern Visayas to receive the highest recognition for nutrition programs implementation.

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