The government has the funds and is ready to build new settlements for victims of Typhoon Yolanda but the challenge is finding the right location to construct those new houses, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.
"The NHA (National Housing Authority) is prepared to do so much housing
units. We have the funds for that. Again, the issue here is always on
the local government side,” Lacierda said.
Secretary Lacierda said local government units have to identify the land
on which the permanent housing structures will be built but they have
to ensure that the new location is safe from storm surges.
The government, he said, also wants to ensure that the housing structures could withstand typhoons as strong as Yolanda.
Upon the recommendation of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation
and Recovery, President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday approved the
P167.9-billion Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP)
for communities devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.
The 8,000-page rehabilitation plan outlines the government’s commitment
to carry out more than 25,000 specific plans, programs and activities,
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma,
Jr. has said.
Secretary Coloma said that according to the Office of the Executive
Secretary, the Department of Budget and Management has released P51.98
billion since November 2013.
The money came from the national budget, as authorized by the General Appropriations Act. (PCOO News Release)