THE Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office (DOLE) in Eastern Visayas has partnered with SDG Promise Japan, and the local government unit of Limasawa in Southern Leyte for a housing project to benefit the victims of Typhoon Odette.

SDG Promise Japan, an international non-governmental organization, facilitated the selection of the recipients of the 38 houses that will be constructed in the island town.

Yuki Sano Akasaka and Hinako Ohno, representatives from SDG Promise Japan, said the construction of 38 houses is targeted to be finished on August 15, 2022.

The regional labor office said that the priority beneficiaries of the housing project are the indigents, solo parents, and other typhoon Odette victims who remained homeless.

DOLE Southern Leyte Field Office Head Eden Ligaya Golong said that the DOLE's counterpart would be the implementation of Tupad program in partnership with LGU-Limasawa through Mayor Melchor Petracorta.

“A total of 174 Tupad workers from Limasawa will be deployed and they shall do the clearing of project sites, loading, and unloading of materials and other related light works,” said Golong.

Aside from their wages from Tupad program, each worker “will also receive P150 daily as meal allowance to be funded by the SDG Promise Japan.”

Over 90 percent of the houses in Limasawa were reportedly damaged by Odette when it hit the province on December 16, 2021. (SunStar Philippines)