Ayala Land constructs 600 housing units for Yolanda survivors, relocatees

ILOILO CITY, March 3 (PNA) -– The Ayala Land Corporation is now constructing 600 housing units for Typhoon Yolanda survivors and relocatees from Sicogon island in Carles, Iloilo, that will be developed as a high-end tourism destination in partnership with the Sicogon Development Corporation (Sideco).

The duplex housing units are being constructed at Bgy. Jolog, Estancia, also in the northern town of Iloilo province.

”The housing units are bigger than the government bunkhouses and made of good materials,” Defensor said.

Aside from the Ayala Land housing units, the Department of Public Works and Highways has constructed 10 bunkhouses in Bgy. Gugo, Estancia for Yolanda survivors.

DPWH Regional Dir. Edilberto Tayao, in a separate interview, said that they are just waiting for the local government unit of Estancia to set a schedule for the turnover of the bunkhouses they have constructed. The DPWH has turned over though last Friday 10 bunkhouses to Concepcion families whose houses were totally damaged by the typhoon.

Gov. Defensor said that he will request Ayala Land and DPWH to also accommodate families from Bgy. Botongon, Estancia who have been affected by the Power Barge 103 oil spill and whose houses were totally damaged by the typhoon to the relocation sites they are developing.

Defensor, with the approval of the Task Force PB 103, announced Monday the approval for the return of the remaining 80 families to Bgy. Botongon who were living within the previously off limits 20 meters radius.

But the governor said some of these families have no more homes and should be made second priority especially of the bunkhouses of the DPWH.(PNA)