BORONGAN CITY, March 29 (PIA) – – Over a thousand Typhoon Yolanda victims in E. Samar receive new housing units from the Task Force Yolanda and the National Housing Authority (NHA) in a virtual turnover ceremony on March 17, 2021.

These houses are located in Guiuan – 610, Gen. MacArthur – 234, Mercedes – 139, and Quinapondan – 623.

Janet Gargantilla, a housewife and Risaldy Abejero, an employee of the LGU Quinapondan are both beneficiaries of the housing units.

Gargantilla is happier that her house now is located out of the danger and no-build zone. Abejero meanwhile used to live in Brgy. Sto Niño, Quinapondan but said he is willing to transfer just to live in a safer place with his six children. Although he still feels nervous when there are typhoon advisories, he now feels safer in their new abode.

“I thank President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the trust given to me as Chairman of Task Force Yolanda. Also, I would like to thank the General Manager Marcelino Jun Escalada, and Regional Manager Engr. Dodong Antiniero of NHA together with Phintecstar Construction represented by Architect Zoilo Amador for a job well done,” CabSec Nograles said, during the virtual turnover.

He gave special thanks to Quinapondan Mayor Rafael Asebias for his leadership in Quinapondan town.

The CabSec added that the houses and communities  built have adequate facilities such as water and electricity.

“Housing is among the most lasting gift any family can receive,” Nograles said.

Mayor Asebias also thanked the President, CabSec Nograles, and the other officials for the implementation of the housing project.

“I also thank the Vice Mayor led by Leo Jasper M. Candido and his Sangguniang Bayan Members for a Resolution, authorizing the Mayor to enter a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with NHA.

Mayor Asebias said he requested the NHA for additional slots of 195 housing project because there is still a vacant lot inside the housing project or the Town Ville.

He also requested for a school building, health center, market and play ground inside the housing project.

As of now, the government has turned over 17,072 free housing units in various municipalities in Region 8.