Housing project funded by VP, senator finish in June

By Cet Dematera


THE 100-unit housing project funded by Vice President (VP) Leni Robredo and Sen. Francis Tolentino is ready for occupancy this June by at least 100 families who were earlier rendered homeless by the past typhoons and lahar flow in Barangay Maoraro in Guinobatan, Albay.


Guinobatan Mayor Anne Gemma Onghoco said that the housing project did not incur delay because its construction continued despite the restrictions imposed by the local Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic.


“We are anticipating that our displaced families who are presently housed in evacuation centers could already transfer to this resettlement site once the housing units are finally completed,” Onghoco said.


Onghoco thanked Robredo for immediately responding to their call for a resettlement area after over 200 families were left homeless by the disasters that hit Albay last year.


She also extended gratitude to Tolentino for facilitating additional budget for the housing project. Tolentino traces his roots in Guinobatan.


“Since he has his roots here, the good senator has also responded to our request for a resettlement site to those left homeless by the past disaasters,” Onghoco added.


Since there are 222 families who are at the evacuation centers in Marcial O. Ranola Memorial School (MORMS), Onghoco said the first 100 families to transfer to the housing project were selected through the drawing of lots.


“Anyway, the remaining families will be accommodated in another relocation area to be erected in Barangay Bololo, Guinobatan, whose 14-hectare site was already acquired by Albay province,” Onghoco explained.


Guinobatan residents were among those hardly-hit not only by the typhoons, but by lahar flows that killed five people and buried dozens of houses under boulders and sand in Barangays San Francisco and Travesia, two Mayon footslope villages in the town.


Guinobatan is an Albay town with the highest number of villages located inside the six-kilometer radius permanent danger zone (PDZ) of Mayon Volcano.