280 ‘Yolanda’ Families Finally Relocating to New Homes in Tacloban

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte – Three years after they lost their homes to Supertyphoon Yolanda, some 280 families are finally relocating to their new homes in Tacloban City, Leyte!

Thanks to the directive issued by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to finish the relocation homes and have these distributed to all ‘Yolanda’ victims by December, relevant agencies and local government officials scrambled to complete the homes and release these to the intended recipients.

As of today, November 28, at least 280 homes are scheduled to be released – and many more will be released in the coming days.

The first batch of new homeowners are moving today, with the help of the army and various volunteer and government organizations who provided them not just with vehicles to carry their belongings but also people to help them carry their stuff to their new houses.

Because electricity and water had been among the people’s main reason why they didn’t want to move to their new homes, the government also made sure that these are provided. Last night, workers from LEYECO, the local electricity provider, worked overtime to ensure that the village will have power.

Potable water was also made available for the resident.

To address the concern of having no vehicles to move their belongings as well as having no transport route in the area, Ceres buses were provided by the government.

Photo credit: Facebook / Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas

Photo credit: Facebook / Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas

Thus, the Ceres buses which arrived last night in Tacloban City were among those used by the settlers to move from Barangay 88 to their new homes in North Hill Arbours today. These buses will also stay in the area for the next 6 months to provide shuttle service for the residents to reach their jobs and schools in the city until a PUJ route is established there.