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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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Negros getting P8.6B in houses

The National Housing Authority is building 29,650 houses for victims of super-typhoon Yolanda in five cities and four towns in Negros Occidental, worth P8.6 billion, a NHA official said yesterday.

Architect Susan Nonato, head of the NHA project implementation team for Negros Occidental and Cebu, met with Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and the mayors of the nine local government units at the provincial Capitol in Bacolod to discuss the project.

Each typhoon resilient house on a developed lot is estimated to cost P290,000, she said. The house will have a 22 square-meter floor area to be built on a 40 square-meter property, she added.

Cadiz City will get the most houses at 8,742, followed by Sagay City with 7,850, Manapla – 2,964, Escalante City – 2,018, Victorias City – 2,321, E.B. Magalona – 1,168, Silay City – 1,992, Calatrava – 1,138, and Toboso – 1,457, she said.

The NHA will fund the building of the houses, while the local government counterpart will be the land, she said.

If there is no government land, private properties will be considered, she added.

Nonato said Cadiz City has already completed its plans for the construction of the houses, and Sagay City will follow.

The NHA is also building houses in other Yolanda-hit provinces in the Visayas, and its target is to complete 14,000 this year, she said. They are finalizing the figures on how many will be completed in Negros Occidental, she added.*CPG

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