VP Binay: 117,000 houses for Yolanda victims available next year

During the Multi-Stakeholders’ Policy Forum on Yolanda conducted Monday at the Philippine International Convention Center, Vice President Jejomar Binay said 117,000 houses will be finished on 2015 to be distributed for Yolanda survivors in Eastern Visayas.

All in all the government still needs to build 205,150 to accommodate 918,000 families displaced by the said typhoon. “The balance of 88,000 will be completed by the end of 2016,” VP and housing chief Jejomar Binay said.

Binay added that there would be no problem with the building of houses. “The EO [No. 44] streamlined the process of issuance of permits [certifications, clearances and licenses] in the areas affected by Yolanda.”

Rehabilitation chief Panfilo Lacson said in the same forum that sites for 40,000 houses still needs to be determined. “What is left is 40,000 units and as we go on with building 160,000 houses, we continue to look for other sites for settlement.”

Lacson said housing for families in Tacloban City will be finished next year. We expect the completion of the housing project by 2015 for the whole of Tacloban.”

The government is also prioritizing projects intended for safety. “We have to invest to protect Tacloban, Palo and Tanauan against storm surges of the Yolanda magnitude,” Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson said during the forum.