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MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III on Friday led turnover rites for permanent shelter units to survivors of December’s Sendong storm and floods that killed over 1,000 people in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.
The turnover of units at the Calaanan Permanent Resettlement Site Phase III, Barangay Canito-an, Cagayan de Oro City was also graced by Vice President Jejomar Binay, the Cabinet’s housing czar, and Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman.
An initial 500 houses were distributed to beneficiaries during the ceremony, nearly half of the 1,262 houses that are expected to be completed by August of 2012.
The units were built through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)’s Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) and in cooperation with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the Cagayan de Oro Local Government Unit, and Habitat for Humanity.
The “structurally strong and indigenous shelter units” were constructed in disaster safe relocation/resettlement areas and the families are assured that their new homes can withstand wind velocities of up to 220 kilometers per hour and earthquakes up to intensity 4, officials said.
Also present at the turnover were Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano, HFH Phils. Managing Director and CEO Charito Ayco, Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez, Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Most Reverend Antonio Ledesma, S.J., D.D. and PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Cristino Naguiat, Jr.