TACLOBAN CITY- The Gawad Kalinga (GK) has started their construction for the permanent shelters intended for the victims of supertyphoon Yolanda who lost their homes in San Isidro, Leyte. Board Member Alan Ang of 3rd district of Leyte told Leyte Samar Daily Express that the GK begun the construction of 50 permanent houses located in Barangay Crossing, San Isidro. The one-hectare lot was donated by family of the board member, whose wife, Susan, is the mayor of the town. He said that about 40 houses were already constructed at the said site. Board Member Ang said that aside from the GK, the Lion’s International has also assured that they will construct 20 houses and the National Housing Authority (NHA) also vow to donate permanent shelters to Yolanda victims who completely lost their houses. He said that 300 houses will be constructed at the permanent shelter located at Brgy. Crossing, about 100 meters from the town proper. Meantime, Board Member Ang said that farmers on their town have already started planting crops and vegetables to help them of their daily sustenance. He also said that several business establishments in San Isidro are now in full operations, seven months after Yolanda hit their town. The board member expressed his gratitude for the full support extended to their town by Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla and various humanitarian groups which hasten their recovery from the devastation caused by Yolanda. (LITO A. BAGUNAS)