Yolanda housing units
The National Housing Authority (NHA) began the distribution of housing units on Wednesday (October 17) to victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Carigara, Leyte.
A total of 3,489 housing units have been allocated to the municipality of Carigara.
Each unit costs P290,000 including land acquisition and its development; but will be given free to beneficiaries.
The family of Mang Renato Gaspar is one of the victims of super typhoon Yolanda in 2013 in Carigara.
Since the calamity, they have been relocated thrice because they have no property to set up their permanent residence on.
“Pag-gagamitin na ng may-ari yung lupa nila, aalisin na naman yung bahay namin. Makikiusap nanaman kami sa iba,” said Mang Renato.
Gaspar was delighted to be one of the first recipients of NHA’s housing project.
“Malaking pagpasalamat namin. Safe na po talaga ito kaysa dun sa dati namin,” he said.
Carigara Mayor Eduardo Ong said that residents within the danger zone are prioritized for relocation.
“Unang priority yung coastal barangays, landslide-prone area, flood-prone, yan ang mga priority. Ang LGU ang nag-identify niyan,” said Ong.
The units have a lot area of 4×10 meters including the comfort room and laundry area.
The NHA assured that the units given to the survivors are not substandard.
The units have their own power and water lines and can withstand maximum sustained winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour (kph).
To avoid allegations of favoritism, the units will be distributed through a raffle system.
The NHA reminds beneficiaries of housing projects to follow the specific guidelines since the housing authority can reclaim their benefits if proven that they violated the rules. — Yssa Jalmasco ( with reports from Archyl Egano)