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NHA turns over 220 ‘Yolanda’ houses in Cebu

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By Prince Golez

The National Housing Authority (NHA) has completed the construction of 220 housing units for typhoon “Yolanda” victims in Tabuelan, Cebu, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announced.

In a speech during the ceremonial turnover of certificate of award for beneficiaries in Olivo Heights, Nograles said the government will work for the immediate installation of facilities and implementation of livelihood programs in the area.

“We’re thankful to the efforts of all the government agencies and personnel concerned, especially the NHA. After six years of planning and hard work, we’re able to fulfill our promise of housing and livelihood to Yolanda victims in Cebu,” he added.

Nograles said the provision of housing units was made possible because of President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to expedite the construction of housing units for the victims of the devastating typhoon that killed more than 6,000 people in 2013.

“With the turnover, we are on track to fulfilling our commitment to finish the majority of the housing units by 2019, and full completion of all housing units for the entire Yolanda corridor by 2020. The NHA has been tasked to fast track the construction this year,” according to him.

Meanwhile, the Palace official assured that the building of housing units in other municipalities is also being prioritized so they may be turned over to beneficiaries at the soonest possible time.

“Our success is the product of selfless cooperation and meaningful partnership. The victims of typhoon Yolanda have waited long enough. We’re assuring them that government is prioritizing their plight,” said Nograles.

“The Duterte administration is concretely addressing their needs so they can finally move on and put the tragic memory of Yolanda behind them through tangible assistance via housing and livelihood,” he added.

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