31,000 families in north Cebu to leave no-build zones

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Monday, December 16, 2013

CEBU CITY -- About 31,000 families live within the no-build zone and will need to be relocated in the 15 towns and one city in northern Cebu that Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck harder than the rest of the province.

During the Task Force Paglig-on workshop, a cluster on social infrastructure headed by the National Housing Authority (NHA) also identified more than 103,000 affected families in Cebu whose houses were damaged or destroyed.

Local governments will need to provide the land where the affected families can be relocated from the no-build zone -- all areas within 40 meters from the shoreline, as identified by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Engr. Gavino Figuracion, regional manager of NHA-Central Visayas, said the agency will pay P150,000 for land development and P250,000 to build each house. He said their long-term plan will be implemented next year.

Half a million houses

The 103,000 families Yolanda displaced in northern Cebu last November 8 represent less than 13 percent of the total number of displaced families nationwide.

As of Sunday, the national disaster council reported that 551,453 houses were destroyed and 591,437 others damaged when the super typhoon struck the central Philippines. The total damage in infrastructure and agriculture has reached P35.5 billion as of Sunday.

In Cebu, the communities that suffered the most from Yolanda are Sta. Fe, Bantayan, Madridejos, San Francisco, Poro, Tudela, Pilar, Daanbantayan, Medellin, San Remegio, Tabogon, Tuburan, Tabuelan, Borbon, Sogod and Bogo City.

Figuracion said the NHA has also identified three options for assisting the families who need to repair their houses.

A family whose house was damaged will need an amount ranging from P10,000 to P100,000, said the social infrastructure cluster.

Figuracion explained this is covered by the home materials assistance program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), where beneficiaries are supposed to receive construction materials.

Save materials

For the first option, a family will get P10,000. The second option will involve P50,000 and the third, P100,000, depending on how severely each house was battered.

As for identifying no-build zones, the social infrastructure group and Task Force Paglig-on of the Provincial Government will work with the DENR in each area.

The cluster said it will also support the salvaging of materials that can still be used after the typhoon and ask the Department of Trade and Industry to watch the prices of housing materials more closely.

Figuracion said that non-government organizations (NGOs) will also place, in every town, posters with information on how to build a better and safer house.

In Tudela, part of the Camotes group of islands, residents who will be transferred to the relocation site will get to own the lot where their new houses will be built.

Last December 7, Tudela officials inaugurated the relocation site together with Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale. More than a hectare in Sitio Fatima, Barangay General will be divided among at least 120 families who live near the shores of Barangay Southern Poblacion and General.


Tudela is the first town in the province that came up with a relocation site for the families who will be affected by the no-build zone policy.

Each relocated family will get 48 square meters of land, covered by a memorandum of agreement with the municipality. The cost to each family is supposed to be no more than P200 a month for five years.

The agreement will also require each family to voluntarily demolish their houses near the shoreline within 15 days.

In Daanbantayan, Mayor Augusto Corro said that within three months, he expects the residents to have resumed making a living.

He said there will be 4,500 families near the shoreline who will have to be transferred.

The Capitol will provide 5,000 square meters behind the Cebu Technological University in Daanbantayan, which will serve as that town’s relocation site. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 16, 2013.

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