More aid needed for typhoon-hit areas

Manila, Philippines - The National Housing Authority (NHA) Thursday appealed for more donors from the private sector as the government embarks in the rehabilitation of areas ravaged in November by super typhoon Yolanda.

NHA General Manager Chito M. Cruz made the appeal as the agency signed a Memorandum of Agreement with GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc., and the local government units of Palo and Tacloban to build 600 housing units in Brgy. New Kawayan, Tacloban City and Brgy. San Jose, Palo, Leyte.

“We are encouraging more donors as partners, so we can continuously help all our fellow Filipinos who were affected by typhoon Yolanda start new and better lives,” Cruz said.

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council thanked the private sector for its support to government programs to provide homes for Yolanda victims.

Meanwhile, after pledging 1 million Euros for affected victims, members of the French business community in the Philippines have signed up to help build disaster-resistant houses in localities hit by Yolanda that would benefit 30,000 families in the Visayas.

Don Lee, France-Philippines United Action head, said the first phase of the rebuilding efforts involves the construction of a “French Village” in Daanbantayan, a coastal town in Northern Cebu, among those hardest hit by the super typhoon.

Daanbantayan sustained extensive damage during the typhoon’s wake wherein houses, schools, and public buildings destroyed, while several residents were displaced.

“For Phase One, 100 row houses donated by various members of the French business community will be constructed, with the new community to occupy 5,400 square meters of land donated by the Cebu Provincial Government,” Lee told a press briefing in Makati City Thursday.

The FPU is a private sector initiative that will coordinate the French business community’s relief efforts in Northern Cebu over a 12-month period.

The housing project is in partnership with non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity Philippines, in charge with coming up with the design of the homes.

Binay said: “I am confident that through our concerted efforts, we will be able to fast-track the building of quality and climate resilient homes for survivors of the recent calamities."

The housing units, which GKFI will fund and build, will be constructed following the “Build Back Better” design parameters set by NHA, Binay said.

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