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Rebuilding homes: Government priority — VP Binay

ZARRAGA, Iloilo — Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday said government will help survivors of typhoon “Yolanda” rebuild their homes or resettle to safer locations.
President Aquino has instructed the National Housing Authority (NHA) to take the lead and assured the agency of sufficient funding, he said.
“The government will provide housing for the people whose homes are totally damaged. President Aquino will ensure that there are enough funds for that,” Binay said.
“The budget from President Aquino will be allocated to rebuild totally damaged houses or to build now homes in relocation sites located in safer areas. For houses that are partially damaged, we will give them P5,000 worth of construction materials coming from the NHA,” he added.
Binay, who is also the country’s housing czar, went to Iloilo Wednesday to assess the damage wrought by the typhoon and determine the needs of the affected residents in the province.
He visited the towns of Estancia and Concepcion which are the two hardest-hit towns in Iloilo. He also went to Zarraga, Pototan, Barotac Nuevo and Banate.
Binay said initially, his office is distributing 1,500 relief bags each to these municipalities. He also said the city of Makati will donate P50 million to victims of the typhoon.
Binay added that his office also dispatched rescue teams to Tacloban and Ormoc for search and retrieval operations. He also said that they will setup a help desk for medical assistance and relief.
The Vice President told residents displaced by the typhoon not to lose hope.
“Typhoon Yolanda came right after typhoon Vinta and the earthquake that rocked Cebu and Bohol. I can only ask my kababayans to to join me in prayer so that these unfortunate occurrences will soon come to an end. Do not worry. We will rise from this,” Binay said.
Earlier, Binay said communities under the Community Mortgage Program (CMP) of the Socialized Housing and Finance Corp. (SHFC) can also avail themselves of construction materials to help rebuild their houses.
“We will also give them P5,000 worth of construction materials. Communities under the Community Mortgage Program are legally organized associations of residents in depressed areas that we helped to own the lots they occupy through mortgage financing,” Binay said.
Binay also said the Pag-IBIG Fund already deployed roving offices in affected areas to make it easier for members to avail themselves of housing assistance.

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