President Duterte Orders Speeding Up Housing For Yolanda Victims

President Duterte said that he was not yet satisfied with the assistance given to Typhoon Yolanda victims, and ordered his officials to speed up the rehabilitation programs.

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Duterte expressed his dismay, saying that only a handful of families are staying in the houses provided by the government, three years after the deadly storm struck. The president added that he expects all families to be living in the shelters by December.

Duterte directed presidential assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino and Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chair Leni Robredo to oversee the distribution of the shelters.   

Vice President Robredo yesterday apologized to the Yolanda survivors in Tanauan, Leyte for the delay in the government’s construction of permanent shelters, where around 205,000 houses are needed to house all Yolanda victims, some still remaining in makeshift houses with no power and water.

“First, I would like to apologize for the delay. There are many houses which are not yet constructed. So far, we only have relocated about 5,000 families.”

Robredo has vowed to fast-track the building of permanent shelters in affected areas, and that the housing agencies under her council have promised to streamline the processes in constructing socialized housing.

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