An agreement to turn over the Yolanda Permanent Housing Projects was forged between the National Housing Authority (NHA), and the Local Government of Tacloban City who was in a Ceremonial Turn over conducted in Tacloban City last March 10, 2020.
The Ceremonial Turnover is considered to be a landmark event since Tacloban City was the first local government unit (LGU) in Region VIII to accept the NHA-produced housing projects intended for those displaced by Typhoon Yolanda back in 2013. It has been the initiative of General Manager, Marcelino P. Escalada, Jr., as a way to strengthen the relationship between the national government and the local government. By turning over accomplished housing projects to their respective local governments, this would ease the latter in undergoing maintenance and repair works since the housing projects are now under their administration.
Tacloban City Mayor, Alfred Romualdez expressed his support for this initiative stating: we cannot solve the problem if we don’t have jurisdiction over it and he is hoping that other LGUs will follow suit and continue this endeavor.
A total of six housing projects in Tacloban City are now under the jurisdiction of the City Government of Tacloban. They are Greendale Residences, Villa Diana, New Hope Village, Villa Sofia, and Kawayan Ville, Phases 2&3.