THE National Housing Authority (NHA) has turned over 1,000 housing units of Lanao Unity Park Homes to the local government of Daanbantayan for release to beneficiaries.

The turnover ceremony took place on March 8, 2022, the municipality announced in a statement.

The housing development is located in Barangay Lanao in the northern Cebu town, but its beneficiaries also include residents from Barangays Poblacion, Agujo and Malingin.

Mayor Sun Shimura, Rep. Janice Salimbangon and National Housing Authority (NHA) Cebu District Office officer-in-charge Engineer Dante Estrobo were among those at the turnover.

With the latest development, the NHA has now turned over 2,863 housing units to the town, or 65 percent of its target of 4,363 housing units.

Lanao Unity Park Homes is the fourth of six NHA housing sites that have been turned over to beneficiaries, the local government said.

Earlier, 650 housing units had already been turned over in Maya Park Homes, 750 units in Green Heights I Tominjao and 463 units in Green Heights II Calape.

Housing units in Kandaya Homes I Tapilon and Kandaya Homes II Paypay were still under construction.

The NHA has allocated at least 4,363 housing units for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) living in danger zones, as well as informal settlers and renters or sharers.

Yolanda, the strongest typhoon to make landfall in world history, struck northern Cebu on Nov. 8, 2013.

The 16 hardest hit areas in Cebu were the towns of Santa Fe, Bantayan, Madridejos, Daanbantayan, Medellin, San Remigio, Tabogon, Tuburan, Tabuelan, Borbon, Sogod; and San Francisco, Poro, Tudela and Pilar in the Camotes Islands; and Bogo City.

A month after the storm, it was determined that about 31,000 families who lived within the no-build zone (all areas within 40 meters from the shoreline) in these areas would need to be relocated.

Of all these areas, Daanbantayan got the biggest allocation from the NHA.