TACLOBAN CITY – Local government units will now be allowed to build houses intended for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
This was revealed by NHA regional manager Rizalde Mediavillo during a congressional inquiry on the status of housing projects located in areas pummeled by Yolanda in 2013.
One of the local government units interested to construct housing units is the LGU of Maydolong in Eastern Samar.
139 units will be constructed in Maydolong, one of the towns that suffered destructions due to Yolanda back in 2013.
Mediavillo said that they are only awaiting a formal letter from the Maydolong municipal government to fund the project.
“The letter to NHA is to make it official that the LGU has the intent to implement the project and they want the NHA to download the fund to them,”
NHA will conduct monitoring once the LGU starts the construction of housing projects, he added.
Lack of willing contractors was among the reasons cited by the NHA why construction of housing units is delayed.
Nearly four years after Yolanda hit Visayas, only 48,950 units were completed out of the targeted 205,125 housing units.
And out of this, only 13, 997 or 28.6 are occupied.
Here in the region, Yolanda housing projects in the provinces of Biliran and Samar have zero occupancy, Eastern Samar with 289 units occupied, 988 units in Leyte has 988 units and 9,801 of these units are occupied in Tacloban, considered as the ground zero of the world’s strongest typhoon to hit inland.
Meanwhile, Mayor Henry Afable said that they are much willing to handle the construction provided that the NHA funds them.
At P290,000 of each unit, the municipal government needs about P40.31 million for them to do the construction.
Afable also said that they have already identified the location where these houses are to be constructed.
Committee chair Alfredo Benitez of Negros Occidental 3rd District welcomed the NHA to allow LGUs to do the housing projects.
Under the present setup, the NHA holds bidding for contractors to construct the houses.
But during the hearing, it was discovered that the winning bidders passed the work to other contractors which only result to slow construction and poor quality of work.