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Yolanda Housing Timeline

By Focus FeaturesJanuary 22, 2017

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2013

Nov. 8: Typhoon Yolanda hits Tacloban. Casualties number more than 6,000. Around 70%-80% come from Tacloban alone.

Nov. 9: Relief aid starts to arrive. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) lands at the San Jose airport. Troops distribute food and supplies and provide medical aid.

Nov. to Dec.: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency distributes tents to Yolanda survivors. Tented communities around San Jose airport become known as tent cities.

Dec: DPWH and NGOs start building transitional shelters for the displaced families prior to the construction of permanent housing.

2014-2016

Construction begins for permanent homes for Yolanda survivors by the National Housing Authority (NHA) and NGOs, local and international.

2015

352 families transferred to NHA-built homes. 512 families transferred to NGO-built homes.

2016

March to June: Tacloban North Integrated Development Plan finalized. Three-year plan calls for resettlement sites to be concentrated in North Tacloban, an area deemed safe from environmental disasters. More than 15,000 homes to be built.

Second to third quarter 2016: NHA targets 7,891 homes to be built by the end of 2016. NGOs target 1,235 homes to be built by the end of the year.

Nov. 8, 2016: President Rodrigo Duterte visits Tacloban for the 3rd anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda. He issues directive to fast-track the construction of houses and the transfer of beneficiaries to their new homes.

Dec 2016: NHA completes 6,809 houses with 1,568 houses substantially completed (only removables, such as jalousies and toilets, left to be added). Total of 8,377 homes completed and substantially completed. 5,075 families have moved into their new homes built by the NHA by the end of 2016. Over 1,387 families have moved into NGO-built homes by the end of 2016.

2017

Jan 9: NHA targets an additional 1,000 families to be moved by the end of the month.

Jan. 25: President Duterte expected to return to Tacloban to inspect progress of resettlement housing and transfer of beneficiaries.

Jan. to Dec.: NHA targets 5,032 houses to be built in 2017. NGOs target 827 houses to be built in 2017.

Jan. to Dec.: 4,344 families to be transferred to NHA-built homes during 2017. 758 families to be transferred to NGO-built homes in 2017.

2018

Jan. to Dec.: NHA to build 431 houses by the end of 2018. NGOs to build 198 houses by the end of 2018.

Jan. to Dec.: 7,913 families to be transferred to NHA-built homes during 2018. 593 families to be transferred to NGO-built homes in 2018.

By the end of 2018, more than 16,000 homes to be built by the NHA and NGOs for Yolanda survivors in Tacloban. This target exceeds the estimated need of 14,433 houses.