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DSWD: Over 1,900 houses built for ‘Pablo’ victims

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has completed almost 2,000 permanent houses for families left homeless by typhoon ‘Pablo’ that struck Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley on December 4, 2012.

Under its Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP), the DSWD completed the construction of 1,921 housing units for the calamity victims.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman said the housing units are made of concrete and lumber. She stressed that the disaster-resistant homes were built by the government for families affected by calamities.

Each unit covers a lot area of 70 square meters and installed with a two-room division and painted inside and out.

All have bathroom and septic tank, separate kitchen, and window-level concrete wall.

DSWD provided funding for the said project, while the provincial governments handled the site development, land preparation, and engineering operations.

A total of P301,020,000 has been spent in building these homes.

Of the 1,921 houses, 973 units were built in Davao Oriental and 948 units in Compostela Valley.

The DSWD is targeting to build 3,966 permanent homes in relocation sites determined safe by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).