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DPWH eyes new homes for 2,800 Yolanda-affected families by Christmas

December 7, 2013 7:55am

Some 2,800 families and up to 10,000 residents in areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) may get homes and jobs as an early Christmas gift from two government agencies.

The Department of Public Works and Highways said over the weekend it is fast-tracking the construction of 142 bunkhouses and may complete 119 of them to house some 2,856 families by Dec. 22.

On the other hand, the Department of Labor and Employment has set a job fair with some 10,000 openings in Ormoc City in Leyte for Dec. 14.

DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said the 119 bunkhouses to be completed Dec. 22 will each have 24 housing units, providing temporary dwellings for 2,856 families.

The DPWH said these are part of the 142 bunkhouses being built to accommodate up to 3,336 families in 29 sites in Eastern Visayas.

Once the bunkhouses are completed, the DPWH will turn them over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for occupancy arrangements with beneficiaries.

DPWH regional directors and district engineers from Metro Manila, Southern Luzon, and Regions 10, 11, 13 in Mindanao had been tapped to help in the emergency works in Eastern Visayas.

A timetable for the bunkhouse construction includes:

Dec. 15
16 units at nine sites in Guiuan
11 units in Barangays 4, Batang, Carmen, and Padang in Hernani
five units in Barangays Paya, Biga and Parena in Giporlos
one unit in Barangay Busay, Mercedes
four units in Balangkayan
four units in Quinapondan
one unit in Maydolong
two units in Barangay Sabang Suribao, Borongan
two units in Lawaan
three units in Salcedo
two units in Balangiga
16 units in Barangay Concepcion, Ormoc City.

Dec. 20

22 units at Motocross Area along Daang Maharlika (Caibaan)
one unit at NHA/Sagkahan Bliss in Tacloban City
17 units at Government Center in Baras, Palo, Leyte
five units at Basey First Housing Area in Sitio Bangon (CanManila)
four units in Barangay Amambucale, Marabut in Samar

Dec. 22

three units in Barangay Abucay, Tacloban City

10,000 jobs

Meanwhile, the DOLE said more than 10,000 overseas and local job opportunities will be available in Ormoc City on Dec. 14.

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said this is organized by the DOLE through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and private sector partners.

"There are more than 7,000 job vacancies that will be made available by the 33 participating licensed agencies; while local employers will bring in more than 3,000 job opportunities," Baldoz said. — LBG, GMA News
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