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PRRD To Build 2,000 Housing Units For Typhoon Tisoy Victims In Bicol Region

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, December 5, pledged to build about 2,000 shelters to relocate families living along foreshore areas in Albay Province in the Bicol Region following the onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy.

Philippine News Agency reported that President Duterte made this commitment after Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara bared that several houses along the coastline have been heavily damaged by the typhoon.

“I think we should start relocating them in a nearby place but we should not allow them to be in the foreshore areas. We need to enforce this,” Governor Bichara told the President in a situation briefing in Legazpi City.

“Look at other countries, in the foreshore, nobody lives there. Right now, they’re washed out. The next day, they’ll put up their houses. So when the typhoon comes, the same thing will happen,” he added.

Acknowledging how the Bicol Region is among the most disaster-prone areas, the President said he commiserated with Bicolanos who bore the brunt of the typhoon’s wrath.

“Apparently you are condemned to suffer this kind of crisis every now and then you know, even before the climate change which made it really worse,” President Duterte said.

“I can commit about 2,000 but we have to look for a new site because if that’s the case the National Housing Authority will not allow it if it is still in the danger zone,” he added.

Meanwhile, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año suggested implementing no-build zones along coastal areas.

Secretary Año said they can actually implement the no-build zone observance, meaning to say 40 meters from the shoreline should be a no-build zone but we have to prepare the relocation sites of these affected families.


“I think it is about time really to implement that especially the eastern seaboard where we are visited by at least at the average 16 to 20 typhoons a year it would be more economical if we relocate these families living within the 40 meters,” he added.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Ricardo Jalad reported that the typhoon left at least 13 dead and some PHP 2.6 billion in infrastructure and agricultural damaged.

Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo has announced she would visit typhoon-hit areas in Bicol on December 7, Saturday to provide aid from her office and Angat Buhay partners to affected families.

VP Robredo’s office has received pledges from Angat Buhay partner organizations such as Manila Water Foundation and Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints for the relief efforts.

Source: PNA
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