Task Force Yolanda distributes free housing to 3,000 family-beneficiaries

Maris Federez   •   November 19, 2021   •   340

MANILA, Philippines — Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles has announced that Task Force Yolanda, in coordination with the National Housing Authority and local government officials, has distributed titled houses and lots to family beneficiaries who fell victim to the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas.

CabSec Nograles said he led the turnover of said houses and lots last November 8, 2021, in Guiuan, Eastern Samar as part of the 8th year remembrance since Typhoon Yolanda ravaged part of the Visayas region.

“As we commemorate eight years since Typhoon Yolanda, we now come full circle with the near-completion of the free housing units for survivors in different areas in Regions 6, 7, and 8 as well as nearby provinces affected by the calamity,” Nograles stated.

The Malacañang official said 989 houses were turned over in Caibiran, Biliran, and 1,715 additional units in Basey, Samar under the Yolanda Permanent Housing Project of NHA Region 8.

“The lot titles for Eastwind Residences are long-overdue benefits to those who have waited years for government assistance. The 194 recipients of titled houses and lots can now look forward to a better future for their families,” the Cab Sec said.

Nograles thanked local government officials in the said areas for their cooperation in the prompt implementation of the housing assistance programs, and for ensuring the timely distribution of the units under their jurisdiction.

He likewise expressed gratitude to NHA-Region 8 for overcoming logistical and construction challenges posed by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

To date, the Inter-agency Task Force for the Unified Implementation and Monitoring of Rehabilitation and Recovery Projects and Programs in Yolanda-affected Areas, under Nograles’ leadership, has turned over 87,640 housing units to LGU-beneficiaries in the so-called Yolanda corridor.

“We will complete all our targets before the term of President Duterte ends. That’s our commitment. We want to give closure to Yolanda and offer hope to affected families, that’s why we have prioritized these gifts of housing and livelihood,” Nograles affirmed. —/mbmf

UN releases $12-M humanitarian assistance for typhoon-stricken Phl

Maris Federez   •   December 24, 2021

The United Nations (UN) through the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) pledged US$12 million (approximately Php600 million) as additional assistance to the Philippines severely ravaged by Typhoon Odette (international name Rai).

UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths on Thursday announced the allocation of the rapid response initiative that will be taken from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (UN CERF).

“I am releasing USD12 million from UNCERF (Central Emergency Response Fund) to help deliver urgent humanitarian assistance to support the Government-led response to Super Typhoon Rai (Odette) in the Philippines,” Griffiths said.

The assistance will reach out to individuals in the hardest-hit areas in the Caraga region and Region VIII, providing them food, water, and other basic needs such as sanitation hygiene kits, as well as shelter, logistics, and communication.

In a briefing before the body, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator to the Philippines, Gustavo Gonzalez, on Thursday underscored how typhoon Odette has been devastating, emphasizing the “serious impact of the typhoon on infrastructure, on houses, and on livelihood” in the region.

“I saw roads covered by debris, houses without roofs, and people on the border of Butuan and Surigao begging for water and food,” he said.

“This super typhoon evoked memories of [Typhoon] Haiyan (Yolanda),” added Gonzalez. “While the Government was more prepared for a typhoon of this magnitude this time around, the needs remain overwhelming.”

He also highlighted the fact that the devastation came amid the country’s fights against the coronavirus pandemic.

“The response set out in the plan will also prioritize COVID-19 protective measures,” said Gonzalez. “This is a crisis within a crisis. It happened at the end of the year when the Government has been able to keep down COVID-19 infections and inoculated a significant number of the population. We will work with the Department of Health (DOH) to ensure that these hard-won gains are not lost.”

In a Twitter post, OCHA Philippines said the United Nations and humanitarian partners are calling for $107 million to support the Philippine government in responding to the calamity.

Gonzales said the life-saving assistance will target “530,000 vulnerable people most affected by the devastation of the typhoon”.

Duterte extends term of task force leading rehab efforts in Yolanda-hit areas to 2022

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the term of the task force that is leading the implementation of rehabilitation projects in areas pummeled by  Category 5 Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan)  in 2013.

Under Administrative Order 33, which Duterte signed on Sept. 16 and released by Malacañang on Monday, the term of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Unified Implementation and Monitoring of Rehabilitation and Recovery Projects and Programs in the Yolanda-affected areas (IATF-Yolanda) was extended to June 30, 2022.

“The IATF-Yolanda shall be deemed dissolved on June 30, 2022, unless it is sooner terminated by the president,” the order read.

The task force’s initial three-year term was supposed to end on August 12, 2020 but it was extended to complete the ongoing rehabilitation works.

Duterte noted that under the Yolanda Permanent Housing Program (YPHP), 129,484 housing units have been completed while 49,112 are undergoing construction (89.3% combined accomplishment rate), and 241 out of the 363 permanent resettlement projects have been energized (66% electrification rate).

“[T]o facilitate the completion of the above projects, as well as the other component programs in the Yolanda Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan, there is a need to extend the term of the IATF-Yolanda,” the order stated.

The chief executive also directed the IATF-Yolanda to publish a final report on its accomplishments, including projects and programs implemented and the total budget utilized prior to its dissolution.

The IATF-Yolanda was created in 2017 to ensure effective and efficient coordination between various government agencies involved in the rehabilitation and recovery projects and programs in areas affected by the typhoon.

Typhoon Yolanda, which is considered as one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded at landfall, ravaged areas in the Visayas when it caused massive storm surges that inundated coastal communities and claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions of people. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

#WalangPasok: Classes, work suspended in Tacloban City, other Leyte towns on Nov. 8 for ‘Yolanda’ anniversary

Robie de Guzman   •   November 7, 2019

(FILE) A file picture dated 21 November 2013 shows Filipino typhoon victims walking past a truck in a tree in the super typhoon devastated city of Tacloban, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, slammed into eastern and central Philippines provinces on 08 November 2013. EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

MANILA, Philippines – Classes in all levels and work in government offices in Tacloban City and other areas in Eastern Visayas have been ordered suspended on Friday, November 8 in commemoration of the sixth anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Class and work suspensions have been announced in the following areas:

LEYTE

  • Palo
  • Tacloban City
  • Tanauan

SOUTHERN LEYTE

  • Maasin City

‘Yolanda’ (international name: Haiyan) was dubbed as one of the strongest typhoons to hit the land.

More than 6,000 people were killed or went missing while 14 million individuals were affected after the monster storm struck and triggered storm surges that wiped out communities in the Visayas in 2013.

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