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Gov’t to build 60,000 houses for ‘Yolanda’ survivors

The government will build 60,000 permanent housing units for the survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda (Haiyan)” from 2014 to 2016, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said Thursday.

Binay, chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), said the National Housing Authority (NHA) will build the housing units in six regions covering 14 provinces and 171 cities and municipalities.
Groundbreaking will be held in eight project sites in Leyte and Eastern Samar this month.

“The houses to be constructed by NHA will be permanent homes for the survivors and will be built on permanent relocation sites,” Binay said in a statement.

The bunkhouses being constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are only temporary shelters, he clarified.

The NHA is currently validating the number of partially and totally damaged houses, checking the number of affected families to be relocated, and identifying and evaluating potential resettlement sites, the housing czar said.

“The current 60,000 estimate is based on DPWH data and may change after NHA completes its validation,” Binay said.

The NHA is also finalizing the design and costing of the houses to be built, as well as identifying build and no-build zones, according to Binay.

On the other hand, the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF or Pag-IBIG Fund) has also set aside P5.5 billion for housing development in 22 Yolanda-affected areas, according to Binay.

“The program will be implemented jointly with developers for the development of housing units valued at P450,000 each. Of the P5.5 billion, P1.5 billion will be used for development, while P4 billion is allocated as housing loan for members for a maximum term of 30 years,” he said.

“No interest will be charged for the first six months of the loan term and a four percent interest rate per annum will be imposed only on the seventh month until the end of the second year of the term,” he added.