8,083 Core Shelters for Bohol mulled
February 10, 2014
Manila, Philippines – More than 8,000 disaster-resistant houses will be built for families whose houses were totally damaged during the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Bohol in October 15.
Through the joint efforts of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the provincial government of Bohol, and Habitat for Humanity, a total of 8,083 disaster-resistant houses will be built in Bohol.
Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman, DSWD-Field Office 7 Director Mercedita Jabagat, Bohol Gov. Edgardo Chatto, and Habitat for Humanity managing director and chief executive officer Charlito Ayco signed over the weekend a memorandum of agreement for the implementation of the Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP).
CSAP provides environment-friendly and structurally-strong shelter units that will be built on-site. It can withstand up to 220-kilometer per hour (kph) wind velocity, at least intensity four earthquakes, and other natural disasters.
Each unit, which costs P88,000, is made of locally-available materials to revitalize the local economy, the DSWD chief said.
DSWD will shoulder P70,000, while Habitat will share P18,000 as counterpart for each unit, which may be in the form of cash, labor, volunteers, facilities and equipment, administrative cost, and social services, such as medical missions and feeding programs.
The total housing project will cost P711,304,000, of which P565,810,000 will be provided by DSWD and the rest will be shouldered by the Habitat for Humanity.
With its extensive experience in the management and implementation of socialized housing projects to address the shelter needs of the homeless and disadvantaged groups, the Habitat for Humanity will be in charge of the construction of core shelters.