TANAUAN, Leyte: Out of the 800 families identified in ‘No dwelling zones,’ 400 have already been moved to permanent relocation sites, almost two years after super typhoon Yolanda’s onslaught.
Mayor Pelagion Tecson said the 400 families have moved into concrete houses in relocation sites in Pago and Sacme villages.
“Our bias has been to support permanent relocation of victims. By November 8, the number of families in resettlement sites will be 450,” Tecson said. The town has been identified as model in the post-Yolanda rehabilitation in central Philippines.
Aside from the two sites, construction is going on in Maribi village. The first few batches will be turned over within this week.
Each family is provided with a 36 square meter lot size with a floor area of 22 sq m.
Housing units are intended for badly hit families in high risk zones of San Roque, Sto. Niño, Cabuynan and Bislig villages.
The pace of transfer was slower than expected due to a shortage in construction materials, shortage of potable water supply in relocation sites, refusal of some families to move because of livelihood-related concerns.
The home rebuilding initiative is a joint project of the National Housing Authority (NHA), Gawad Kalinga (GK), Tanauan local government unit, some private companies, and Department of Public Works and Highways.