NHA distributes 300 Yolanda housing units in Carigara, Leyte

admin   •   October 18, 2018   •   4915

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)

Government temporarily suspends ‘Balik Probinsya’ program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 11, 2020

The government’s ‘Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa’ Program has been temporarily suspended to give way for the repatriation of overseas Filipinos and stranded students in Metro Manila.

National Housing Authority (NHA) General Manager Arcelino Escala Jr. said this is following the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to prioritize the stranded individuals in Metro Manila to decongest the area to prepare for the ‘new normal’ setting.

“This was a clear instruction from the President, unahin pauwiin ang ating mga kababayan na stranded dito sa Maynila (Prioritize our fellowmen stranded in Metro Manila) and these are the OFWs (overseas Filipino workers), the construction workers, ating mga turista at mga estudyante (our tourists and students). That is the arrangement right now,” he said.

Escala said the Balik Probinsya will resume once all stranded Filipino have been sent home.

“I foresee that in the next month, let’s say for example July, I think bababa na ang demand ng stranded (there will be less demand for stranded citizens) and therefore Balik Probinsiya will now take our second rollouts by that time,” he said. –AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Pag-IBIG assures no hampered gov’t project despite application of grace period in payment of loans

Marje Pelayo   •   May 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Over 120,000 members of the state-owned Pag-IBIG Fund have been granted multi-purpose and/or calamity loans within the duration of community quarantine since the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) early this year. 

Pag-IBIG Fund Media Affairs Manager Jack Jacinto said this translates to an accumulated amount of around P2-B in loans apart from the approved housing loans within the community quarantine period amounting to an additional P2-B. 

Jacinto said a 30-day grace period for payment has been automatically applied to all existing loans within the community quarantine period and members who wish to extend their payment terms may apply for a three-month moratorium. 

He also confirmed that around 200,000 members have been granted applications for the moratorium. 

The agency assures that the adjustments do not affect any of the government’s existing projects that it supports. 

In fact, Pag-IBIG Fund has also allotted a P10-B budget for the government’s housing projects while quarantine orders are in place.

“Habang natutulungan natin ang mga miyembro natin sapagkat nabibigyan natin sila ng pagkakataong magkabahay, makakagenerate pa tayo ng trabaho dahil nga ang construction, napakataas ng multiplier effect nito,” explained Jacinto. 

[While we help our members the opportunity to own a house, we are able to generate more jobs because the construction (industry) has a high multiplier effect.]

Those interested to apply for a moratorium may visit the agency’s website at www.pagibigfund.gov.ph. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Cop, first reported casualty in Leyte as Typhoon ‘Ursula’ lashes parts of Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   December 25, 2019

LEYTE, Philippines – The Leyte Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) reported one fatality as Typhoon Ursula continues to batter the municipality of Abuyog.

According to Leyte PDRRMC head, Arvin Monge, investigation is ongoing to verify if the person’s cause of death is related to the onslaught of the typhoon.

“Isang police iyon na electrocuted. Nakuryente siya. Iyon ang casualty ngayon na isa (He is a police who was eletrocuted. He’s our first casualty),” Monge confirmed.

Disaster authorities have started clearing operations on major roads in the province to make them passable for emergency and relief workers.

Aside from uprooted trees, authorities also noted a number of damaged utility posts and cables.

Response teams are doubling their efforts to speed up the clearing works in order for the power lines to be restored as soon as possible, according to Monge.

“Kailangan natin ng fuel so iyon ang ating binabantayan. Tapos accessibility ng ating mga sasakyan. So iyon ang ating kailangan (We need fuel so that’s what we are addressing right now. Then accessibility for the vehicles, that’s what we need),” he said.

“Kailangan ma-clear talaga ang ating mga road as per governor’s instruction (The roads need to be cleared as per the governor’s instructions),” he added.

As expected, passengers remain stranded in ports and terminals in the province due to lack of transportation service.

Likewise, communication line is also cut in most parts of the province. – MNP (with details from Jennelyn Valles)

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