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