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NHA turns over initial housing units to quake-displaced families in Kidapawan

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The National Housing Authority (NHA) has hailed Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista for his immediate action in providing needed assistance to earthquake displaced families in Barangay Ilomavis where the agency turned over the first 20 permanent housing units for displaced families.

“You have to thank your City Mayor Joseph Evangelista for his immediate action in providing you these permanent homes,” said NHA General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr.

Escalada was one of the guests during the turnover ceremony of permanent housing units Monday, February 24.

He said Kidapawan City has done exceptional in implementing the project compared to Super typhoon Yolanda affected areas as well as in Marawi.

“Mayor Evangelista truly did an outstanding job in making it easier for us in the National Government to facilitate the post disaster recovery program compared to other affected areas,” Escalada said.

Escalada was referring to the areas devastated by Yolanda in 2013 and the communities destroyed during the Marawi siege in May-October 2017 that have yet to complete their recovery programs that is much slower compared to Kidapawan City.

The Resettlement Site Project in Kidapawan City was implemented within four months and eight days since the the powerful earthquakes struck in October 2019, he noted.

The first housing units to be turned over is part of the 1,700 units to be awarded to displaced families living in earthquake and disaster high risk areas in Barangays Ilomavis, Perez, Balabag, Indangan and Nuangan that were hard hit areas during the October 2019 series of earthquakes.

Each housing unit costs P289,000 and is given for free, according to the NHA.

These permanent shelters have its own solar lights, toilets with septic tanks, water tanks and space for dirty kitchen, Evangelista said.

Total amount for the permanent housing projects is more than P400 million.

Evangelista thanked the Sangguniang Panlungsod for appropriating P25 million for the purchase of the resettlement lots in the afore-mentioned affected barangays.

“These houses are permanent. You should take care of it. The government will continue to help you by bringing in livelihood programs in March once the first 50 units are completed and awarded.”, Evangelista told the beneficiaries.

Based on the site development done by the city government in the resettlement sites prior to the construction of the permanent housing units, open spaces are allocated for common laundry areas and toilets that will supplement the water needs of the communities.

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