ILOILO CITY: The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) has offered to help this city by designing houses along coastal areas that are strong enough to withstand the onslaught of storm surges caused by typhoons.
City Mayor Jed Patrick Ma-bilog on Wednesday bared plans to relocate coastal houses to a higher ground but near the shoreline so as not to displace the fishing community of their means of livelihood.
During the Super Typhoon Yolanda, 63 houses were flattened while 132 were partially damaged, mostly along the shorelines of Barangays Bitoon, Hinactacan, Banuyao, Loboc and Obrero.
Mabilog expressed his gratitude to UAP for its concern to the marginal families in the city.
Mabilog said he will look for funds from the national government, private sector and international organizations to build a new housing community for coastal families displaced by the typhoon.
Lydia C. Pendon