IN PHOTOS: Yolanda Survivors Visit Their New Homes For The First Time

It’s been three years since Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda hit the Philippines, specifically the Visayas region. Three years and still, a good number of them are still waiting for their turn to receive their houses. Meanwhile, according to the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, President Duterte ordered PA Michael Dino to ensure resettlement by December. And as luck would have it, last November 26, eighteen days after the President’s directive, Yolanda victims were excited to visit their new homes.

Here are the photos uploaded and shared by the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Facebook page:

yolanda victims visit houses

“Yolanda victims with household cleaning tools,” as described by the source.

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Here’s the full text to the photos:

Upon learning that thousands of households are still in the danger zones in Tacloban three years after Yolanda, sa tapang at malasakit ni President Duterte, ordered Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, PA Michael Dino to ensure resettlement by December.
Today, just 18 days after the presidential directive, Yolanda victims, with household cleaning tools, visited their new homes for the first time. #Yolanda #Tacloban

The post gained mixed reactions and has garnered more than 4,000 shares. One Netizen questioned, though, if the place has electricity or water. Hopefully, they have sustainable water and electricity supply.

Last month, I was given the opportunity to visit Tacloban – Samar. I was able to see with my own eyes the unfinished houses, as well as, the villages that were turned over for the Yolanda victims. Most importantly, I was able to witness how these survivors exhibited resilience, love, and hope. This is indeed a great Christmas gift to them.

Do you think the government could ensure resettlement to ALL Yolanda victims by Q1 of 2017? We’d love to hear your thoughts.


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