New homes up for ‘Yolanda’ victims in Iloilo


ILOILO – Sixty-one housing units from a South Korea’s rural development movement are being built to provide new and improved shelters to homeless typhoon victims here.

Costing P60,000 each, these housing units by Saemaul Undong (New Village Movement) are situated in four villages in Bingawan and San Dionisio, according to Provincial Planning and Development Office Chief Mario Nillos.

“The construction of these housing units is ongoing at the moment and we hope that we can finish this by the end of the month,” Nillos, also the president of Philippine Saemaul Undong Center Inc., said in an interview on Tuesday.

Of the 61 units, 20 are in Brgy. Alabidhan, six in Brgy. Maganhop (Bingawan), another 20 in Brgy. Moto and 15 in Bondolan (San Dionisio).

Each unit has two rooms, a small kitchen and comfort room. Galvanized iron sheets are being used for the roof, marine plywood for the wall and cement or concrete for the floor.

A formal turning over ceremony of this project is tentatively set on May 27 in Brgy. Alabidhan, Bingawan where Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. is expected to be among the guests.

Through the project, the movement founded by President Park Chung-Hee in 1970s expects the beneficiaries to imbibe the principles of “self-help, unity and cooperation”. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)


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