According to UN Habitat Documentation and Reporting Officer Beryl dela Cruz, a total of 610 safe and resilient homes will be built for Capiz residents, particularly in Roxas City, Panay and Pontevedra towns, and in Estancia, Iloilo.
Dela Cruz said that the project is part of the shelter assistance of the various international, government and private organizations partnering with UN Habitat after the devastation of supertyphoon Yolanda here.
The project launching in Roxas City, August 7, was attended by UN Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Human Settlements Officer Bernhard Barth, Second Secretary Koji Otani of the Japan Embassy, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Undersecretary Cecilia Alba, Roxie Abagatnan of the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR), and Social Housing Finance Corporation president Ma. Ana Oliveros and top Capiz officials led by Governor Victor Tanco.
Part of the project launching here was the ribbon-cutting of the first newly built safer and resilient home in Villa Carmel Village in Baybay, Roxas City.
The post-Yolanda shelter support project is also a partnership effort of the Government of Japan, HUDCC, SHFC, municipal governments of Panay and Pontevedra, in Capiz and Estancia, Iloilo, Roxas City, Capiz provincial government, United Architects of the Philippines-Capiz Chapter, Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines-Capiz Chapter, Banco de Oro Foundation, Hilti Foundation, Couples for Christ-Answering the Cry of the Poor and Build Challenge.
For his part, Barth explained that the post-Yolanda support for safer homes and settlements is a community-driven approach to recovery and rehabilitation for the people in the Visayas.
He said that various national, international and private groups are partnering together to provide safer and resilient homes and uplift the lives of the community who were left homeless by supertyphoon Yolanda.
On the other hand, Governor Victor Tanco expressed his gratitude to the public and private organizations, particularly the UN Habitat and the government of Japan for the shelter recovery and assistance program for Capiceños.
He admitted that while some Capiceños have started to recover from the wrath of the devastation last year, many do not still have decent and comfortable homes and “it still takes some time for them to have it.”
Tanco said that approximately 150,000 houses in Capiz were partially and totally damaged by supertyphoon Yolanda in November 8 last year. (JCM/JBG/PIA6-Capiz)
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