TACLOBAN CITY-The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is targeting to build 5,000 core shelters in this city as their help to the restoration Tacloban, ground zero of supertyphoon Yolanda that hit close to a year now.
“The design will be semi-concrete, carved-roofing with latrines that can withstand a 200 kilometer per hour winds,” said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon in an interview. The target date of completion for the planned housing project for Tacloban will depend on how fast the beneficiaries will finish their houses. According to Gordon, who was in the city last October 3, the beneficiaries themselves will build the house. The beneficiaries were selected through their job fair assistants and volunteer and whose houses were totally washed out during the onslaught of Yolanda.

“We have the basis of vulnerability like the widows who have children and no employment, they will be the priority,” Gordon added. The PRC official said that each unit of the house that they would construct cost P100,000 wherein six members of a family could occupy with a floor area of 26 square meters. The shelter projects of the PRC in Tacloban are located in nine barangays, mostly in the northern parts of the city. The construction of these houses are to start next month. (DONNA ABIGAIL L.BULA, LNU Intern)