Nograles seeks reactivation of ‘Yolanda’ committee led by mayors

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TANAUAN, Leyte — Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles on Friday asked local government units to organize or activate their local inter-agency committees (LIACs) to help complete the post-“Yolanda” housing projects.

Nograles said that more than five years after Super Typhoon Yolanda
struck central Philippines, some houses for affected families remain
incomplete while some finished projects were still unoccupied.

“We have to address this by reactivating the LIACs. If the LIACs are
active, major milestones have been observed. This includes submission
of a complete list of beneficiaries, monitor the status of
construction of housing units, facilitate the actual transfer of
beneficiaries, and come up with occupancy rules and regulations,” he
told reporters here.

The LIACs consist of mayors, local government offices’ department
heads, civil society organizations, people’s organizations, and other
stakeholders from the private sector.

The cabinet official, who heads the inter-agency task force on
“Yolanda” rehabilitation, visited this town to check permanent houses
built by the National Housing Authority (NHA). The resettlement site
here with 361 families, has been tagged as a model for adopting the
“township concept”.

“We are appealing to local government units for active support and
participation because only through LIACs that we can effectively
implement housing program. Through this committee, they can generate
issues and concerns, report to us, and address these needs through
national government agencies with the help of local governments,” he

On Saturday, Nograles met with 42 mayors in the region at the National
Economic and Development Authority 8 (Eastern Visayas) office to hear
issues related to post-disaster housing.

Citing an NHA report, he said that as of last February, out of 56,140
post-disaster housing units in the region, 29,531 have been completed,
18,183 are occupied, and 11,348 are ready for occupancy.

The government is eyeing to finish all housing projects by 2020, but
most houses are up for completion by the end of this year.

“We need to find out the needs of resettlement sites and program it
under the 2020 budget. We want a township approach where resettlement
sites are provided with electricity, water, community center, school,
health center, access road, and livelihood opportunities,” Nograles
added. (PNA)