New homes for Yolanda victims
by FFE PH News staff
Thousands of the affected residents in the worst-hit areas of Samar and Leyte by typhoon Yolanda were evacuated to shelters in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City and Villamor Airbase in Pasay but those who chose not to leave their cities and towns will be provided temporary housing by the government.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has started the construction of bunkhouses in Tacloban and Palo in Leyte and Basey and Marabat in Samar, according to DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson.
The bunkhouses will be made of coco lumber wooden frames, galvanised iron sheet roofing, plywood walls and flooring with cement footing. Each bunkhouse will have an area of 8.64 square meters per unit with a toilet and kitchen.
A bunkhouse will be able to accommodate a family of five members, according to DPWH.
The temporary shelters being built in Barangay Abucay, Tacloban will benefit around 240 families.
Another 240 families in Samar will be provided with temporary housings as the construction of ten bunkhouses at the two-hectare Basey First Housing Area in Sitio Bangon in Basey is underway.
Similar projects are in mobilizations stage in seven other sites in Leyte and Samar and will provide housing to a total of 2,400 families.
Typhoon Yolanda that hit the Visayas last 8 November is considered the strongest recorded typhoon to make landfall. It left at least 5,000 dead and millions homeless.