THE government needs to release P34 billion more for its program to build houses for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and the National Housing Authority on Monday said of the P61 billion needed for the construction of housing units for the victims of the typhoon in 2013, only P26 billion had been released.
The information was contained in a report submitted to the House Committee on Climate Change chaired by Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe.
Based on the report, the P26.99 billion funded the construction of 92,554 housing units. The government plans to build 205,128 houses in Regions 4-B, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 13 for a cost of P61 billion.
The P26.99 billion was released in tranches – P2.4 billion in December 2013, P11 billion in October 2014, P7.9 billion in February 2015, P1.3 billion in June 2015 and P4.3 billion in September 2015.
However, of the 92,554 targeted housing units, only 16, 544 units were built and 4,606 units have yet to be completed. The 16,000 housing units were built in Palawan, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Leyte, Tacloban City, Eastern Samar, Samar and Biliran.
Tacloban City got the lion’s share of the housing units with 6,877, while Iloilo ranked second with 2,571 units. Negros Occidental was third with 2,292 followed by Capiz, 1,770, Eastern Samar, 419, Aklan, 261, Antique, 211 and Samar, 74.