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NHA eyes housing for quake victims in Cotabato

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THE National Housing Authority (NHA) is aiming to build homes for earthquake victims in Cotabato.

NHA general manager Joeben Tai personally led the groundbreaking and capsule-laying ceremonies at the agency’s project site for the earthquake victims in the town of Makilala.

The project is under the NHA’s Housing Assistance Program for Calamity Victims designed to respond to the housing needs of families affected by calamities, such as quakes, floods, fires, landslides and typhoons.

A total of 1,329 families whose homes were destroyed by a series of 6.1 to 6.9-magnitude earthquakes in Cotabato in the last quarter of 2019 would benefit from the project.

The family-beneficiaries come from nine barangays of Makilala — Bato, Buenavida, Buhay, Cabilao, Indangan, Luayon, Malabuan, Malasila and Sto. Niño.

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 Tai lamented on how devastating it is to be a victim of disasters as it leads to  loss of homes, property, communities and even loved ones.

 He assured that the structures to be built by the NHA are of quality and can withstand up to magnitude 7 earthquakes.

“The NHA will continue to partner with other government agencies and the private sector to fulfill the agency’s mandate to provide quality homes and progressive communities for low-income and marginalized Filipino families,” Tai said. 

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