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The task force focused on rehabilitation projects for victims of Typhoon Yolanda are fast-tracking the turnover of homes for victims of the calamity despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.

On September 16, 1,000 units were distributed in Basey, Samar, while on Friday, September 18, 2020 another distribution of 187 units in Burauen, Leyte.

As of June 30, 2020, 35,462 units have been completed and 10,877 are ongoing construction out of 54,508 housing units allocated for Region 8 based on data from the National Housing Authority.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, chairman of Task Force Yolanda, said the accelerated pace of turnovers of housing units in Cebu and Eastern Visayas was a result of the cooperation of national and local governments.

“President Duterte has ordered an acceleration in the distribution of these Yolanda Permanent Housing Projects, before his term ends. Local and national agencies, as well as stakeholders are all keeping pace and providing safe and quality houses to Yolanda victims,” said.

Aside from free housing, Nograles said there will be facilities built at the resettlement sites for livelihood.

“People need social safety nets and steady sources of livelihood. Any community would not be viable without these. That is why we are equally focused on these necessities,” he said.

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