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The National Housing Authority’s 2015 Work Program and Corporate Operating Budget (COB) worth Php 71, 447 million is now approved by the NHA Board, chaired by Vice President Jejomar C. Binay.
This total COB will allow the Authority to pursue its Corporate Thrusts and Program Priorities in line with the policy and program directions set by the national government and the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). This include the implementation of immediate shelter needs of informal settler families (ISFs), reconstruction of calamity–affected areas, and implementation of housing programs in the regions.
Housing starts production is pegged at 84,567 units in 166 new projects and housing completions are expected for 165,094 units, of which 2,491 units for Typhoon Pablo victims are to be completed by end of March 2015. Also, 56 new permanent housing projects are to be implemented for families affected by Typhoons Yolanda (31,752 units in 46 projects), Sendong (2,044 units in 3 projects) and Zamboanga conflict (3, 387units in 7 projects).
Meanwhile 10,680 families affected by Typhoon Glenda and 9,600 families affected by other calamities will receive housing materials from NHA.
Housing Materials Assistance (HOMA) will also be extended to families whose homes are partially damaged by calamities in the “build zone” areas but do not require relocation and resettlement.
For 2015, the NHA, under its Housing Assistance Program for Calamity Victims, has a total funding requirement of Php 10,776 million for 46,783 units of HOMA starts. Moreover, Housing for the Metro Manila ISFs living along danger zones and waterways has a total funding requirement of Php 5,107.671 million for the construction of ten (10) new Low-Rise Building (LRB) projects benefiting 5,473 families. These will be constructed in seven (7) cities in Metro Manila. The budget also includes the allocation for the 6,544 house and lot packages in eight (8) off-city resettlement projects in Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal.
For regional resettlement, the NHA prioritizes the continuation of projects implemented in joint undertaking with local government units (LGUs) outside of Metro Manila. The housing units are for families living along danger areas, affected by infrastructure projects and calamities, and housing for the indigenous peoples.
This year, the NHA will develop 46 new regional resettlement projects covering 6,453 units amounting to Php 602.925 Million.
In a related development, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) turned over Php 8 billion to the Authority for the rehabilitation and recovery of 205,128 Typhoon Yolanda affected families. The amount will be charged against the 2014 supplemental appropriations for the construction of permanent housing for Typhoon Yolanda which will form part of the Php 19 Billion approved by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) as funding requirement for resettlement projects in Yolanda-affected areas.
According to DBM Secretray Florencio Abad, “Creating the budgetary support for the NHA’s permanent housing program for Typhoon Yolanda victims is just part of the national government’s thrust to ‘Build Back Better’. By incorporating prevention and preparedness in our rehabilitation efforts, we’ll be able to safeguard settlements throughout the country against future tragedies.”