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"Select Typhoon Yolanda housing beneficiaries will render a minimum of 500 voluntary working hours for the construction of Kapuso Housing projects in Palo and Tacloban, Leyte", Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said in a statement.
"The volunteers will be working on their own houses so the volunteer program is an incentive to those who want to have their houses finished ahead of time," he said. The practice will also "uphold the spirit of bayanihan", VP Binay added.
Once finished, the safe and permanent shelters will serve 400 families in New Kawayan, Tacloban City (Kapuso Village Tacloban Housing Project) and 200 families in Palo, Leyte (Kapuso Village Palo).
This Kapuso Village is a project of the National Housing Authority (NHA), GMA Kapuso Foundation and the local governments of Palo and Tacloban. Both the housing units in Kapuso Village Tacloban and Palo will have a floor area of 42 square meters with lot area of 50 square meters. Moreover, twenty (20) classrooms will also be constructed in the 3.5 hectare permanent resettlement site in Tacloban City. Meanwhile, the Kapuso Village, Palo will be constructed in the 2.05-hectare LGU-owned land that will be named Barangay San Jose, Palo, Leyte. The sites will have roads, drainage/sewerage system, water and power lines.
Assuring calamity victims of government assistance, VP Binay in one of his statements said, "The NHA will continuously work hand-in-hand with other non-government organizations and government agencies in the years to come to ensure that the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda and other calamities will be able to start better lives". "And for this Kapuso Villages, I would like to convey my sincerest gratitude to the Local Government of Palo and Tacloban as well as the GMA Kapuso Foundation for their endless support to our rehabilitation effort", VP Binay continued.
In a related event, last May 21, 2015 NHA Visayas Management Office Group Manager Lorna M. Seraspe, GMA Kapuso Foundation Executive Vice President and COO Carmela Tiangco, and Tacloban City Councilor Cristina G. Romualdez turned over 240 housing units to Tacloban Yolanda affected families. To date, a total of 347 units were turned over and families are now residing in their permanent shelters in Kapuso Village Tacloban.