NGO to give 270 houses, livelihood for Yolanda survivors

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014


AN international nongovernment organization based in the United Kingdom (UK) will finance the construction of about 270 houses for the towns of Sta. Fe and Bantayan in Bantayan Islands.

The Cebu Provincial Board yesterday authorized Gov. Hilario Davide III to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) for project.

Syed Shanawaz Ali, IRW head of mission, told reporters that IRW coordinated with the Disasters Emergency Committee, a group of shelter donors from the UK, to obtain funds for the construction of houses for families that lost their homes to super typhoon
Yolanda.

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Ali said the construction of shelters will start immediately as IRW aims to complete the first phase of the project in May.

Danger zones

He said the project’s beneficiaries will include families living in danger zones.

The IRW will also provide shelter repair kits to Daanbantayan and Camotes Island.

“We are also going to provide livelihood assistance to the community in northern Cebu,” Ali told reporters.

Under the MOU, IRW will hire local residents in the construction.

"That's why we are trying to strengthen the local community's livelihood so that they can earn and in the long run meet their own needs,” Ali said.

A Capitol report as of Nov. 21 listed 6,401 houses damaged in Sta. Fe and 10,261 houses also damaged in Bantayan as a result of typhoon Yolanda.

The IRW projected each house to cost P70,000.

Ali said the cost may vary because the prices of some construction materials have
increased.

He assured that they have a back-up plan to cover all expenses.

“The good thing is that we are going into partnerships with the community, the Provincial Government and the LGU (local government unit), which means that a lot of counterpart sharing is happening,” he said.

The MOU provides that the Provincial Government “shall transport materials and shoulder labor costs for loading, transporting and unloading materials.”

Ali said the local government will provide the lot and some of the LGUs will shoulder labor costs.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 04, 2014.

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