Seven initial sites have been identified in three municipalities in Palawan for the long-overdue Yolanda Housing Program of the National Housing Authority (NHA), an official said Friday.
NHA-Palawan Manager Amelia Romero said that the seven identified sites for the settlement project are for 2,326 housing units their agency will fund but will be implemented by the provincial government.
“Meron ng mga identified sites. Tina-trabaho na lang ang acquisition ng lupa,” she said.
These sites are located in barangays Guadalupe and Tagumpay, Coron; Concepcion and Panlaitan, Busuanga; and Binudac, Baldat, and Galoc in Culion — three municipalities out of five that were badly affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.
The housing units are part of the 8,500 NHA-funded project for families that Yolanda victimized in the three towns, including Agutaya and Linapacan.
Of the figure, around 4,500 housing units are for Coron residents, and more than 2,000 for Culion. Linapacan residents will also get close to a thousand housing units; 680 housing units for Busuanga, and 200 for Agutaya.
Romero admitted that the availability of lands for the housing projects hindered its implementation.
“Ang problema natin dyan ay ang availability at suitability ng lupa, kaya medyo nagtagal. Ito kasing mga lugar dito, karamihan ay bundok-bundok. Mahirap maglagay ka ng tao sa bundok,” she said.
Out of the P95 million fund for the housing units, Romero said 15 percent or P14,250,000 have already been downloaded to the provincial government.
“Initially nakapag-provide na kami ng funds,” Romero said, adding the NHA is now working to finalize the sites for the remaining 6,174 housing units in Linapacan and Agutaya.
“Ongoing na ang bidding kasi may design na itong mga units. Tina-trabaho na rin ang subdivision plans. Sana matapos na itong bidding para makapag-simula na ang project,” she said.