USAID, church group to build 3,000 houses in Tacloban City

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Some 3,000 families or 15,000 individuals from this Tacloban City are set to benefit from the shelter project of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) that will be funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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The CRS has made two model houses that are currently on display at the compound of the Mother of Perpetual Help Parish (Redemptorist Church) on Real Street.

The first model was elevated as it was first designed for typhoon victims in Davao Oriental. It is intended for areas prone to flooding.

The second one designed for victims of earthquake in Bohol is lower and is recommen- ded for beneficiaries who have their own lot away from danger zones.

CRS shelter engineer Ruel Bansali said they are validating and orienting target recipients. They intend to complete the construction of houses by December of this year.

Bansali added that they will be building the structures for free using indigenous materials.

The project will have a second phase to benefit some 6,000 families living in San Jose district and Diit areas.

The second phase is expected to be funded by Australian Aid.

PNA

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