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Gov't turns over typhoon resistant shelters to 30 homeless families in Bobon, North Samar

Tacloban City (March 6) -- The Arroyo Administration through the Department of Social Welfare and Development, is set to turn over on March 6, typhoon resistant shelter units to 30 homeless families at Barangay Santa Clara in the municipality of Bobon, Northern Samar.

DSWD 8 Director Letecia Corillo informed that the blessing, inauguration and turn over of the Core Shelter Project in Barangay Santa Clara is scheduled at 1:30 in the afternoon of Saturday, March 6, 2010.

DSWD Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera is expected to grace the important occasion where thirty homeless families will be awarded certificates for their typhoon resistant dwellings, in a new and safer community.

The Arroyo Administration believes that having roof over their heads is perhaps the barest of people's needs. It provides dignity and self-respect. While disasters can rob people of this essential right, the Administration believes that with preventive measures, the effects could be mitigated.

The housing project was granted under its Core Shelter Housing program for the poor and homeless families on condition that the municipality-grantee will provide the lot where the project will be established.

The Core Shelter, with the barest minimum requirement of a house like four posts supported by a strong foundation, were built using locally available construction material.

The DSWD shouldered the cost of the foundation and the frame while the local government unit concerned acquired and assigned the land and paid the costs of walling, roofing and flooring.

OIC-ARD Jaime P. Eclevea described each housing component as single-detached, 5 X 6 meters dimension, typhoon-resistant, concrete as it was made out of zinc for roofing and hollow block walls, has own bathroom, with two rooms, and built at a cost of P 50,000 each.

The Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) in the Philippines is a fine example of how at low cost, poor families can provide themselves with structurally strong houses that can withstand typhoons of up to 180 kilometers per hour.

The main design of the program included social preparation, community organization, external technical advice on design and construction and financial assistance for the core house. (PIA 8) [top]

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