KALIBO, Aklan–Over 100 survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan) will finally be able to occupy their housing units in Barangay Briones, Kalibo, Aklan.
Yolanda, one of the most powerful cyclones in the world of all time, made landfall in the Philippines on November 8, 2013, and affected almost 15 million people and displacing 4 million across nine regions.
Kalibo municipal planning and development coordinator Engr. Marlo Villanueva said the 104 families are the second batch of beneficiaries of the Yolanda Permanent Housing Project, an integral component of the Yolanda Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan.
Villanueva stressed the housing units with power and water lines are ready for occupancy. Each unit will be given free to beneficiaries.
The turnover ceremony in coordination with the National Housing Authority (NHA) and local government officials of Kalibo is set for March 31, 2021.
Only around 24 families availed themselves of the permanent housing in the said barangay on February 19 this year.
Meanwhile, five completed housing units were distributed through a raffle system during the Local Inter-Agency Committee (LIAC) meeting after the initial beneficiaries were disqualified for violating certain guidelines of the NHA.
“Hindi sila sumunod sa guidelines sa pagpili sa kanila bilang benefiaries ng housing units. Dapat willing sila to relocate and demolish their existing houses, ngunit, nakikitira lamang ang mga ito, at walang sariling bahay na i-de-demolish [They did not adhere to the guidelines set forth for beneficiaries of the housing units. They should have been willing to relocate after the demolition of their existing houses. But it appeared they didn’t have their own homes to begin with],” he explained.
The capital town of Kalibo is identified as one of the pilot areas of NHA housing projects after Yolanda hit the province of Aklan in November 2013.
Similar to resettlement sites in Nalook and Briones, Kalibo, several housing units have also been constructed in the towns of New Washington, Batan, Altavas, and Malay for the benefit of qualified families. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)