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Caritas opens more Yolanda housing

TACLOBAN (Agencies) : As criticism of the slow pace of the government reconstruction programme in Leyte in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda mounts, Caritas Philippines has completed homes for 550 families who have been living in what are described as danger zones.

The new homes are in Tacloban City and near to the workplaces of the people.

“This only proves that in-city housing is possible. We can provide permanent housing to the people of Tacloban without taking them away from their livelihood,” Father Edwin Gariguez, secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action of Caritas, said in a statement.

Denis Murphy, from the Urban Poor Associates, said that he believes an inner-city relocation will not only allow each breadwinner to earn income, but also provide a playground where children of the beneficiaries can play.

While providing permanent shelters to typhoon survivors, the Pope Francis Village is also seeking to be a people-driven model community that will restore sources of income through organic farming.

Among other amenities, it is planning a daycare centre, school, chapel and basketball court.

 

It aims to benefit residents of the nine barangays in the so-called danger zones in Tacloban, which suffered most from storm surges caused by Yolanda in 2013.