CARIGARA, Leyte- The National Housing Authority (NHA) will build 3,224 housing units intended for families living in areas considered as flood-prone and in coastal villages.
The construction of houses is part of the assistance by the national government in the aftermath of supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’ that hit Leyte in 2013.
The construction of the houses is now underway.
The resettlement sites are located in Barangays Parag-om consisting of 1,524 units and Cabdigahub involving 680 units. The government has allocated P1 billion for this housing project.
But Mayor Eduardo Ong disclosed that the transfer of the intended beneficiaries to the resettlement sites could be hampered due to the condition set by the NHA.
“They have to destroy their houses before the new units will be awarded to them. It would be difficult because it is where their livelihoods are.Maybe they can stay in their old house during mornings and go home in their new house during evenings,”Ong said, referring to the condition set by NHA.
Ong admits that the LGU cannot afford to provide livelihoods to all residents in the relocation sites.
He said he hope the NHA will reconsider their condition. (LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)