THE committee tasked to help relocate calamity victims in Baguio and Benguet is expected to start the screening of the applicants for resettlement once lists of the victims are submitted within the week.

The committee headed by Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan will start the screening of those who lost their houses during typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, for resettlement in an area in Tadiangan, Tuba and Benguet.

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The National Housing Authority (NHA) officials said 445 units of row houses will be available and 223 will be allotted for Baguio and 222 for victims from the towns of Sablan, Tuba, Tublay, La Trinidad, Tublay, Atok and Benguet.

Engineer Eduardo Leano, NHA Region 1 and Cordillera manager, said during the initial committee meeting last month that those relocated families will be granted one year moratorium on payment after entry in their units.

Each unit on stilts will have a floor area of 21.2 square meters and an average lot area of 40 square meters.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo directed the NHA and other government agencies to work with local government units in providing relocation sites for the typhoon victims.

She also ordered a portion of the Benguet State University in La Trinidad as a site. (Ramon Dacawi)