On the 9th Anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda’s devastation in the country, National Housing Authority (NHA) General Manager Joeben Tai vows to finish the construction of all remaining housing units under the Yolanda Housing Program.

GM Tai made this pronouncement on his first 100 days with the NHA.

According to GM Tai, the Yolanda housing program is long overdue. It is about time that the NHA delivers its commitment to providing a home to the survivor families of Typhoon Yolanda.

GM Tai assured that under his term and within the time of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., the NHA would complete all the Yolanda housing units.

He said, “Hindi na namin paaabutin ng 10th year anniversary ng Yolanda, dahil next year tapos na ang construction ng mga housing units.”

He added that in coordination with the local government units (LGUs), the NHA shall expedite the completion of its commitment to build 209,218 housing units for the Yolanda victim families. GM Tai said, “We will finish the construction of the remaining 35,000 housing units by next year and immediately turn over these houses to the Yolanda-affected LGUs.”

The NHA is already at 95% completion of the Yolanda Housing Program. A total of 165,383 housing units were constructed and 211 projects were turned over to the LGUs for immediate disposition.

When GM Tai assumed his post on August 1, 2021, he closely monitored the completion of the housing units and went around the country to inspect the housing projects of the NHA.

He said, “My mission is that by the end of the year, there will be no vacant housing units, and all houses built by the NHA shall immediately be released to the qualified beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, among the challenges confronted by the NHA, which caused the delay in the implementation of the Yolanda Housing Program, are as follows: late issuance of permits, clearance, and licenses from the LGUs, lack of workforce, lockdowns, and quarantine protocols.