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Government to turn over 1,100 housing units next month

President Benigno S. Aquino III said Monday the government is set to turn over 1,100 permanent housing units next month for communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

During an interview with members of the media after attending the 70th a. nniversary of the Leyte Landing here, President Aquino said a total of 120,000 housing units are targeted this year for Yolanda-affected areas.

“The target number of housing units for the current calendar year is 120,000 units for 4B, 5, 6, 7, 8, and CARAGA. Ngayon, a total of 56,140 units or 47 percent of the total has been allocated for the six provinces of Region 8,” he said.

President Aquino also said that according to Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, many typhoon survivors have already been transferred from their temporary tent shelters.

“May natitirang ilan-ilan; at ang ilan-ilan raw ay mga mangingisda na ang gusto sana ay manatili doon sa lugar na ‘yon para malapit sa kanilang kabuhayan,” the President said.

“So, nakipag-deal ang DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) na magtatayo ng mga nipa huts para doon sa mga bangka nila para ma-secure, pero ang mga tirahan nila sa looban na mas safe,” he added.

As of September, he said, the Department of Budget and Management has released more than P40 billion to various national government agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations, and local government units for the implementation of relief and rehabilitation programs and projects for Yolanda-affected areas

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