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Guinobatan, Albay — The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) turned over Certificates of Occupancy to 165 new homes for families made homeless by lahar flooding in Daraga and Guinobatan, Albay. The lahar flooding was caused by Super Typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni), which made landfall in Albay on November 1, 2020, and debris from Mayon Volcano’s eruption on January 18, 2018.

Goni, considered the world’s most powerful tropical cyclone in 2020, affected 522,600 families, or 2,030,130 persons, in Regions II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, VIII, CAR, and NCR.

Immediately after the damage assessment in Albay, Chairman Gordon initiated a search for a suitable place to relocate those who lost their homes to the lahar flood.

“Gusto natin makabangon kaagad ang tao. Sabi ko nga kay Governor Bichara, kailangan ko ng lote na malaki, na pwede paglagyan ng mga tao. At dali-dali naman, umaksyon na kaagad si Governor Bichara. At ngayon, nalagay na natin dun ‘yung mga bahay para sa mga pamilyang nawalan ng tahanan dahil sa lahar na dulot ng Super Typhoon Rolly at Mt. Mayon eruption,” Chairman Gordon said.

Each house costs more than Php200,000.00. Each family also received the first tranche of Php10,000.00 cash assistance to help them rehabilitate their livelihoods. The relocation site, in Bubulusan, Guinobatan, is assessed to be safe, compared to the locations of the beneficiaries’ homes before the super typhoon.

PRC collaborated with local governments in Albay and various government agencies, such as the Albay provincial human settlement office and the provincial engineering office to make the housing project possible. The project was made possible through partnership with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Canadian Red Cross, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, British Embassy, Thai Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross, Singapore Red Cross, and online donors.

A year after Typhoon Rolly (Goni) hit the Bicol Region, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is continuing its recovery operations by helping the victims of last year’s super typhoon to stand on their feet and begin life anew.

On October 26, the final materials for shelter construction were delivered to Brgy. Bubulusan, Guinobatan, where the 2nd batch of houses are about to be completed.

For this batch, 25 houses are undergoing finishing works in the Rolly-affected community in Guinobatan. PRC plans to erect 164 houses in total as part of its shelter construction and monitoring activities in the said province. Including this batch, PRC has already built 30 houses, one in Bgry. Salvacion in Daraga, and 29 houses in Brgy. Bubulusan in Guinobatan.

“What we are doing in the Bicol Region is critical. We need to help them quickly to rebuild their lives by building their homes. Tulad ng sinabi ko nuong isang taon nang tumama ang bagyong Rolly, hindi natin dapat pabayaan ang ating mga kababayan na harapin ang mga trahedya ng mag-isa. Nandito ang Red Cross para umagapay, hangga’t makakaya namin, hindi kami titigil sa pagtulong,” said PRC Chairman and CEO Senator Dick Gordon.

PRC targets to complete all 164 houses by June of next year to be ready for occupancy by the project beneficiaries. Each house comes complete with electrical works, plumbing, and a water system.

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