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1,700 houses for typhoon victims for completion by May –Int’l NGOs

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ROXAS CITY—About 1,700 houses for supertyphoon Yolanda victims in the municipalities of Pilar and Dao will be completed in May this year by the Switzerland-based non-government organization popularly called HEKS in partnership with the Task Force Mapalad, Inc. (TFMI) as part of the non-government organization’s Typhoon Yolanda Shelter Project.

The houses, primarily made of bamboo mats, are constructed through a “bayanihan concept” wherein beneficiaries of the shelter project help the HEKS’ cash-for-work employed carpenters in building up the structures.

TFMI community organizer Danilo Gaban said that 900 housing units will be completed in Pilar this month while the construction of remaining houses allocated in identifi ed barangays in Dao will continue until May.

The international NGO has also conducted relief operations after the supertyphoon which benefited about 2,100 households provincewide.


“We will also be giving livelihood assistance to Yolanda victims based on their needs,” Gaban noted.


HEKS and TFMI are among the various NGOs and humanitarian agencies which responded to the Capiceños' cry for help following Yolanda’s devastation in the province last year.

Other groups which voluntarily offered immediate relief, shelter and livelihood assistance include Canadian government, United Sikh, Shelter Box, ADRA, UN agencies and various humanitarian as well as religious groups, Red Cross, other local government units, national government agencies, philanthropists and private individuals, among others. (AAL)

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