DSWD to build 53,000 more houses-A A +A
Monday, August 26, 2013
A TOTAL of 53,106 shelters are expected to be completed by the end of 2014 in Pablo-stricken provinces, an official from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said.
"Under the Modified Shelter Assistance Project, 17,727 units will be completed by the end of 2013 while an additional 35,377 will be constructed in 2014 in Compostella Valley and Davao Oriental. The project cost is placed at P3,717,420,000." said DSWD the regional director Priscilla Razon on Monday's Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Annex.
For 2013, 9,339 shelters will be constructed in Davao Oriental while 8,390 will be constructed in Compostella Valley with a total budget of P1,241,030,000.
An additional of 15,020 will constructed in Davao Oriental while another 20,357 will be constructed in Compostela Valley in 2014. Project cost is placed at P2,476,390,000.
Razon said that for the project to be completed on schedule, DSWD already met with the Provincial Inter-agency Cluster for Shelter to come up with a catch up plan.
She said the group has committed 1,500 houses per month for Davao Oriental and that they can complete 5,000 more by December.
They are also conducting a bi-monthly meeting to keep track on the construction of these houses.
Razon also stressed that the houses to be constructed by the DSWD will be permanent houses.
"Ang ginagawa po ng DSWD is puro on-site building, because those who fell in the no-build zones will be taken care of by the National Housing Authority and this is a resettlement," she said.
After Pablo hit the provinces, a total of 53,106 houses were totally damaged displacing thousands of families. As of press time a total of 3,966 houses are being constructed in both provinces.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 27, 2013.