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NHA inspects housing sites
for Dumaguete flood victims


National Housing Authority representatives from Region 7 have looked into six possible relocation sites in Dumaguete City for families who lost their homes to tropical storm “Sendong”  in December.

 The NHA  officials met with  Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria recently on the scheme for the relocation of the flood victims after the visit last month in the city of  Vice President Jejomar Binay, who pledged help for the families.

 The geo-hazard map of Dumaguete City is also being reviewed to determine which of the six sites will be ideal for the relocation project.

 Under the relocation scheme, the city government will donate the land while the NHA will fund the houses.

At least 473 families were reported to have lost their homes to floods, and  hundred more were damaged. The City Social Welfare and Development Office is still collating data from the flood-stricken barangays so far.

 Many of the affected families are informal settlers who lived along the banks of the Banica River.   Sagarbarria  said he will not allow them to return to the riverbanks after  reports said  some have started rebuilding structures there.

Sagarbarria said the city government will extend financial assistance to the hundreds of families in Dumaguete, whose houses were damaged by “Sendong”.* JFP


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