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Duterte gives housing units allotted to soldiers, cops to Taal victims

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte offered the more than 5,000 housing units intended for military and police personnel to the thousands of families displaced by the Taal Volcano eruption.

Duterte made the announcement during his 46th Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on Tuesday.

“The President approved the request of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development to offer these housing units as a grant to the displaced families instead and commended such act of generosity,” Malacañang said in a statement.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario discussed the proposed permanent shelter sites for internally displaced families affected by the sudden eruption of Taal.

According to Del Rosario, 5,000 to 6,000 households stand to be affected by the evacuation from a radius of seven kilometers from the volcano, with the island of Taal itself housing 2,000 families.

The National Housing Authority previously allotted a total of 5,448 housing units for the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police which are spread out in Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, and Quezon.

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