Completion of Yolanda housing projects, likely in 2019 – NHA

UNTV News   •   November 8, 2017   •   6582

MANILA, Philippines — It was in 2013 when typhoon Yolanda wreaked havoc in the Philippines, particularly in the central part of the country.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, more than a million houses were damaged and about half were totally destroyed.

Since 2014, the National Housing Authority (NHA) had started its Yolanda Housing Project but until now, only 40% has been completed. Around 26,000 units were already occupied. The agency is targeting occupancy of 50,000 units by the end of this 2017.

NHA officials said complying with the necessary documents is among the causes of delays in the project, aside from the tedious bidding process.

According to NHA Visayas Area Management Office OIC, Engr. Grace Guevarra, reconstitution of titles had to be done first because most landowners, particularly in Tacloban, have lost the duplicate copies of their land titles during Yolanda.

The NHA added that local government units are also delayed in terms of providing the list of beneficiaries.

“Minsan medyo mabagal din yung pagbigay nila ng list (sometimes they are slow in providing the list). And then after giving us the list we have to validate on ground kung talagang nandun pa sila (if they are still there),” Guevarra said.

Also, Yolanda survivors and partners have complained that materials used in the housing projects were substandard.

The agency denies such claims and assured that no substandard unit will be awarded.

NHA admitted that they did identify a unit which used an 8mm steel but argued that it was an isolated case. The agency assured such material will not be used again.

The agency also promises to complete the installation of other parts of the unit once an occupant is confirmed.

“Yung sinasabing removable items yung subject to pilferage hindi yan ikinakabit kasi ito yung nananakaw like yung house wiring, yung jalousies. Ikakabit yan pagkatapos ng raffle (The removable items like house wirings and jalousies that are subject to pilferage are not installed yet.  It will be installed after the raffle),” NHA Manager Central Luzon Area Management Office Engr. Romuel Alimboyao said.

The NHA said if there will be no delays, it targets to finish the entire housing program before the year 2019 ends. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

19 confirmed dead, 13 missing in wake of STS Maring

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The number of confirmed deaths due to the onslaught of Severe Tropical Storm Maring has reached 19.

According to the latest situational report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) on Thursday (October 14), there are a total of 30 reported deaths with 11 still being validated. Out of the 19 confirmed, 14 were from Ilocos Sur, 4 were from Palawan, and one was from Pangasinan.

Flooding caused a majority of the fatalities from the weather disturbance.

Nine deaths in Benguet, which include five minors, are still being validated. This was after several landslide incidents were reported in the area.

The number of missing individuals is at 13, with one still undergoing validation. Among the 13 missing, 5 are from Palawan, 3 from La Union, 3 from Ilocos Sur, 1 from Ilocos Norte, and 1 from Pangasinan.

A total of 46 roads and 14 bridges in Regions 1, 2, MIMAROPA, and CAR remain impassable

Meanwhile, cost of damage to agriculture in Regions 1, 2, 6 MIMAROPA, and CAR is estimated at P1 billion

Maring exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday, October 12. AAC

NDRRMC: 14 reported dead, 7 missing in ‘Jolina’ aftermath

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The death toll in the Tropical Storm Jolina aftermath has reached 14, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management (NDRRMC).

In a situational report released on Friday (September 10), 13 out of the 14 reported deaths are still being validated, while one fatality and four missing persons have been confirmed.

Five of the 12 missing fishermen in Catbalogan, Samar have been rescued. However, three fishermen remain missing.

This makes a total of seven individuals missing, the NDRRMC said.

The NDRRMC also said that at least 20 persons were reported injured.

At least 28,400 families or 109,680 persons have been affected by TS Jolina’s onslaught. AAC

3 dead, 31 missing after TS Jolina onslaught

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Three people have died and at least 31 others are missing after Tropical Storm Jolina made landfall on Monday (September 6).

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that as of 12:00 p.m. of September 9, Masbate has recorded three fatalities.

Meanwhile, 31 people were reported missing, and four others were injured.

Authorities were able to pre-emptively evacuate 10,063 individuals from CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and Region 8.

In total, 83,650 persons in 341 barangays were affected by TS Jolina.

The estimated cost of damaged infrastructures has amounted to P24,681,500.

In the latest report of PAGASA, all wind signals across the country have been lifted as Jolina moves towards the West Philippine Sea. AAC

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