THE victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda, especially those living along the coast, will be relocated to safer areas by the government.
To help them rebuild their houses, the government will provide each family P5,000 worth of construction materials, Vice President and housing czar Jejomar Binay said on Friday.
“The government will help survivors of Typhoon Yolanda rebuild their homes or resettle to safer locations,” Binay said.
He said President Benigno Aquino 3rd has instructed the National Housing Authority (NHA) to take the lead in the rebuilding effort and assured the agency of sufficient funding.
“The government will provide housing for the people whose homes are totally damaged. President Aquino will ensure that there are enough funds for that,” Binay said.
The budget from President Aquino, he added, will be allocated to rebuild totally damaged houses or to build now homes in relocation sites located in safer areas.
“For houses that are partially damaged, we will give them P5,000 worth of construction materials coming from the NHA,” he said.
Binay flew to Iloilo province on Wednesday to assess the damage from the typhoon and determine the needs of the affected residents.
He visited Estancia and Concepcion, the two hardest-hit towns in Iloilo. He also went to Zarraga, Pototan, Barotac Nuevo and Banate.
Binay earlier said communities under the Community Mortgage Program (CMP) of the Socialized Housing and Finance Corporation (SHFC) can also avail themselves of construction materials to help rebuild their houses.
“We will also give them P5,000 worth of construction materials. Communities under the Community Mortgage Program are legally organized associations of residents in depressed areas that we helped to own the lots they occupy through mortgage financing,” Binay said.
Binay also said the Pag-IBIG Fund has set up roving offices in affected areas to make it easier for members to ask for housing assistance.
He said Pag-IBIG members may take out a calamity loan at 5.95 percent annually, payable in two years and a three-month moratorium for those who have existing loans. The agency is also offering burial assistance to members.
“Pag-IBIG is offering a three-month moratorium on loans incurred by victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Pag-IBIG members can also apply for calamity loans that are payable in two years with minimal interest. For members with existing housing loans and had their homes destroyed, we will help you get insurance,” he added.