FOUR YEARS have passed since super typhoon “Yolanda” ravaged Iloilo but some rehabilitation efforts are still in the works.
For one, the resettlement area implemented by the National Housing Authority (NHA) in selected areas in Northern Iloilo has yet to start.
Provincial Administrator Raul Banias said NHA is still in the process of completing the bidding and procurement stage before 2017 ends.
“They are using the 2015 and 2016 budget because there was no allocation for Yolanda rehabilitation in 2017 and 2018,” he said.
On Nov. 10, 2017, the provincial government and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-6) will turn over 180 boat materials to fisherfolks in Carles and Concepcion affected by the typhoon.
Carles has an allocation of 100 set while Estancia got 80.
“It took us time to distribute the boat materials because there were no bidders and it is hard to find the needed wooden hulls,” he said.
Banias said the calamity has taught Ilonggos to be more resilient and strengthen disaster preparedness programs.
“Yolanda”, which hit the country on Nov. 8, 2013, affected 31 municipalities and 962 barangays in Iloilo.
It destroyed 87,064 houses while 86,004 homes were partially-damaged.
A total of 192,906 families (917, 238 individuals) were displaced with more or less 200 individuals killed.
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