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Yolanda families to get P5,000 housing assistance

typhoon-yolanda-one-month-after-epa-20131127Families whose houses need repair after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) , Yolanda families, will receive assistance of P5,000 each. This will be released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) through the emergency housing assistance program of the National Housing Authority (NHA).

In a media release on Tuesday, December 10, the budget department said a total of P238.6 million will go to Yolanda victims whose houses were damaged but who do not need to be resettled. The assistance should be used to buy housing materials.

“Rehabilitation activities for Yolanda-hit communities are in full swing…. We’re facilitating the prompt release of funds that will aid our recovery efforts, especially with respect to providing secure shelter to low-income families and informal settlers who cannot otherwise afford rebuilding their own homes,” Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said in the statement.

The assistance will be taken from the P350 million that’s allocated for the NHA’s Emergency Housing Assistance for Calamity Victims Program. The EHACVP is designed to help provide permanent housing to low- and marginal-income families and informal settlers affected by calamities.

The P350-million fund was sourced from the Budgetary Support to Government Corporations for 2013. What remains of the calamity housing fund – P111.4 million – will go to families that suffered from previous calamities: typhoons Vinta, Santi, Labuyo, Quinta, and Pablo, fires, and earthquakes.

Families affected by Typhoon Santi will, however, receive only P2,000 worth of aid for roof repairs, the DBM said, citing an NHA policy.

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