5 years af­ter Yolanda, 23% of houses for sur­vivors oc­cu­pied

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Nation -

MANILA – Less than a quar­ter of the num­ber of homes needed for sur­vivors of Su­per Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) are oc­cu­pied, five years af­ter the catas­tro­phe.

Based on Na­tional Hous­ing Au­thor­ity (NHA) fig­ures re­leased by Mala­cañang, only 23% of the 205,128 per­ma­nent hous­ing units tar­geted for sur­vivors have oc­cu­pants, as of Oc­to­ber 30.

The fig­ures are as fol­lows:

● 46,412 houses oc­cu­pied ● 54,297 houses ready for oc­cu­pancy

● 100,709 houses com­pleted

● Tar­get: 205,128 houses

Last year, 26,256 houses – 13% of the tar­get num­ber – were re­ported oc­cu­pied. This means that since then, the NHA was able to get 20,156 more fam­i­lies to live in the hous­ing units.

The fig­ures also show that al­most half or 49% of the num­ber of tar­get houses have al­ready been built. This is a mod­est im­prove­ment from 38% of the tar­get houses built re­ported last year. At that time, only 78,291 houses had been com­pleted.

Mala­cañang ex­plained why the process of re­set­tle­ment was so slow, and added that the gov­ern­ment was try­ing to find so­lu­tions to has­ten it. Mala­cañang com­mem­o­rated Yolanda’s 5th an­niver­sary by re­call­ing the sac­ri­fices made by vol­un­teers and gov­ern­ment work­ers to help bring ty­phoonstricken ar­eas back on their feet. Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son and Chief Pres­i­den­tial Le­gal Coun­sel Sal­vador Panelo also cited for­eign gov­ern­ments and groups that con­trib­uted their ef­forts.

He as­sured af­fected com­mu­ni­ties that the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion has “worked harder to fast-track the re­cov­ery ef­forts for Yolanda sur­vivors.”

As a long-term mea­sure to ad­dress fu­ture calami­ties, Mala­cañang ex­pressed sup­port for the cre­ation of a Depart­ment of Dis­as­ter Re­silience, even sub­mit­ting its own ver­sion of the bill last July.

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has ap­proved the bill on third and fi­nal read­ing, said Panelo.

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