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The National Housing Authority (NHA) constructed some 708 housing units in Culion town implemented by the Provincial Government of Palawan as part of the government’s assistance to families affected by typhoon Yolanda in 2013.
The project is part of the total of 8,500 houses funded by NHA with P2.3 billion for the Yolanda-affected families in the municipalities of Culion, Linapacan, Agutaya, Coron and Busuanga. The funds, downloaded by tranches to the provincial government as the project implementer, was monitored by the NHA, who funded it.
Of the 8,500 housing units, Coron got the lion’s share with 4,500 units. Culion has more than 2,000 beneficiaries, 680 housing units for Busuanga, 200 for Agutaya, and almost 1,000 housing units for Linapacan. Each housing unit cost P275,000.
Amelia Romero, provincial head of the NHA-Palawan, said that their office inspected and monitored the ongoing construction of housing units recently in its sites located in the three barangays of Baldat, Galoc, and Binudac.
“Ongoing na itong sa Culion. Hopefully, matutuloy at susunod na yung sa Busuanga na 150 units. Itong sa Busuanga ay nagawa na rin yung plano. Hopefully, for bidding na sya,” she said.
Included in the first phase of the Yolanda Housing Program are housing units allocated for Coron, Busuanga and Culion.
Romero further said that the local government of Coron, through the initiative of newly elected Mayor Mario T. Reyes, identified two sites in Barangay San Jose and Torda for the 4,500 housing units allocated for their town.
“Sa Coron may nahanap na dalawang sites ang LGU. Suitable naman ang dalawang sites. Sana ay maayos na yung mga dokumento tungkol sa lupa, para maka-start na kami ng plano at ng design,” Romero said.
She explained that for the project’s second phase are the housing units for Linapacan and Agutaya. The two towns have already identified sites for the housing projects.
“Meron na yun silang na-identify na lupa. For inspection and evaluation na namin yun,” Romero further said.