Construction of 'Yolanda' housing project on track

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HOUSING PROJECT. Cabinet Secretary and chairperson of the Inter-agency Task Force Yolanda Karlo Alexei Nograles signs the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and Deed of Donation and Acceptance (DODA) for the turnover of Yolanda permanent housing project held in a hotel in Iloilo City on Tuesday (Nov. 19, 2019). Nograles said the task force is on track to finish housing projects along the “Yolanda” corridor by 2020. (PNA photo by Perla G. Lena)

ILOILO CITY — The target to complete the housing projects along the “Yolanda” (Haiyan) corridor by 2020 is on track, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles said on Tuesday.

Nograles, also the chairperson of the Inter-agency Task Force Yolanda, turned over eight project sites worth PHP1.576 billion in the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz and in Iloilo in a ceremony held at a hotel here.

“We have just commemorated typhoon Yolanda in its sixth year. Today, we are turning over no less than eight housing sites,” he said in his message prior to the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and Deed of Donation and Acceptance (DODA).

In Panay Island, the target housing units totaled to 90,148. As of Sept 30, 2019, the completed units were at 63 percent or equivalent to 56,936 units. If the ongoing construction of housing units is included, the accomplishment rate is 93.5 percent.

Of the completed units, Nograles said that 30,704 are already occupied to include the units that were turned over on Tuesday.

The eight project sites included Guinticgan Village Phase I, St. Therese Village Housing Project Phase 1, and St. Therese Village Housing Project Phase 2, all in Carles, Iloilo; Villa Medalla Milagrosa Housing Project in Barangay Timpas, Panit-an, Capiz; Altavas Homes Site 1 and Altavas Homes Site 2, both in Barangay Talon in Altavas, Aklan; and Esperanza Homes Site 1, and Esperanza Homes Site 2, both in Culasi, Antique.

The eight project sites have 5,439 units wherein 5,409 are already occupied.

Nograles said the work of the task force does not end when the housing units are completed. He added that they wanted to make the projects “livable communities”. It means the provision of water, electricity, and a school building closer to the site.

Meanwhile, Beltran Aclo, president of the homeowners association of Guinticgan Village Phase 1, said they are very happy with the project.

“We are very glad to receive the titles of the houses coming from our government,” he said. Before they availed of the housing project, they stayed at their “Yolanda”-damaged houses.

One housing unit has a floor area of 22 square meters with a lot area of 40 square meters. (PNA)

Photo Credit: Philippine News Agency

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