By Genalyn Kabiling
The government has pledged to hasten the construction of housing units for Yolanda victims to attain target completion next year.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the government will continue to give priority to the interest of the typhoon victims, saying they have “waited long enough.”
Nograles made the statement after the National Housing Authority (NHA) completed the permanent shelter units for the Yolanda victims in Tabuelan, Cebu. The housing project was finished six years after the onslaught of the super typhoon in several parts of Visayas that left thousands of people dead and destroyed many homes.
“With the turnover, we are on track to fulfilling our commitment to finish majority of the housing units by 2019, and full completion of all housing units for the entire Yolanda corridor by 2020,” Nograles said in a statement.
“The NHA has been tasked to fast track the construction this year,” he added.
Nograles was in Cebu to witness the turnover the housing certificates to the 220 housing beneficiaries in Olivo Heights.
He thanked NHA and other concerned government agencies for their hard work in completing the housing project for the Yolanda victims in Cebu. The housing community will be equipped vital facilities and livelihood programs in the area, he added.
“Our success is the product of selfless cooperation and meaningful partnership. The victims of Typhoon Yolanda have waited long enough. We’re assuring them that government is prioritizing their plight,” he aid.
“The Duterte administration is concretely addressing their needs so they can finally move on and put the tragic memory of Yolanda behind them through tangible assistance via housing and livelihood,” he added.
Also, Nograles said the government was committed to prioritize the completion of the housing projects for the typhoon victims in other areas.
On the sixth anniversary of Yolanda onslaught early this month, Malacañang declared the government would continue to build safe, adaptive and disaster-resilient communities following the lessons learned from the storm.
The Palace recognized that the natural hazards have become the new normal in the 21st century.
“We laud the exemplary resilience of our own people, which in the face of a great adversity, have remained steadfast and have moved forward,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.