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PIA Press Release
2006/10/16

Habitat for Humanity bares project updates in So. Leyte disaster areas

By Rebecca G. Cadavos

Maasin City (16 October) -- Habitat for Humanity (HFH), a non-government organization committed several duplex houses for Southern Leyte particularly at the identified landslide-hit areas like St. Bernard and Liloan. Omega Hermosura Project Coordinator informed the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) members the scope of their accomplishment during a meeting held last week here at the Provincial Capitol.

In St. Bernard town the organization committed 50 duplex units at Magbagakay I relocation site with the assistance of the Japanese Government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and 65 duplex houses for Magbagakay II assisted by the Philippine National Red Cross. While in Liloan town, they pledged 50 duplexes and 8 classrooms at the GMA Kapuso Village.

Hermosura disclosed that they had already completed 9 duplexes in Magbagakay I and another (1) which served as their field office while 40 duplex units are now on-going.

The construction at the site is now picking up as they the group experienced good weather, Hermosura further reported. Families of Guinsaugon were also providing volunteer labor under the food for work program of the LGU and DSWD. At least 30-45 volunteers were working for the Magbagakay I project, she said.

As for the Magbagakay II relocation site, only (1) duplex unit is completed which served as their field office. The other 61 duplexes are still ongoing construction. One of the causes of delay is the land elevation, Hermosura revealed.

While in GMA Kapuso Village at Liloan town, HFH had completed the (8) classrooms which was already turned-over to the local school administration. Only (1) duplex unit is finished that served as their office. The other (49) duplexes are still on-going construction.

Hermosura further reported that customized made to order doors were ordered from Cebu province while window materials will be provided by the local supplier and installation of these will be done as soon as the materials will arrive at the different sites.

Habitat for Humanity aimed to finish the project until the end of October. Hermosura promised the body not to leave Southern Leyte if the (3) project sites will not be finished. (PIA-South Leyte) [top]

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