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750 CEBU FAMILIES GIVEN FREE HOUSING – NOGRALES

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, together with National Housing Authority (NHA) and local government officials, led the turnover of 750 housing units in Cebu province last April 29, 2021 in what he described was “an important activity in line with the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Mactan.”

“The Cebuanos’ bravery and heroism is well-known, especially when faced with almost-insurmountable challenges. Cebuanos never back out from any adversity,” Nograles said.

The distribution of free housing units was for the location in St. Francis Park Homes 2, Barangay Kodia, Madridejos, Cebu. It was the 39th virtual turnover under Task Force Yolanda and the fifth such event for the province.

For Cebu, a total of 4,914 houses have been granted. These are located in Tabuelan (220 units), Daanbantayan (1,863 units), Bantayan, Bantayan Island (450 units), Medellin (631 units), Santa Fe, Bantayan Island (1,000 units) and the latest batch in Madridejos, Bantayan Island (750 units).

Since assuming the chairmanship of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Unified Implementation and Monitoring of Rehabilitation and Recovery Projects and Programs in Yolanda-affected Areas, Nograles has turned over 60,441 units to different cities and municipalities in the Visayas.

For Cebu, a total of 4,914 houses have been granted. These are located in Tabuelan (220 units), Daanbantayan (1,863 units), Bantayan, Bantayan Island (450 units), Medellin (631 units), Santa Fe, Bantayan Island (1,000 units) and the latest batch in Madridejos, Bantayan Island (750 units).

Nograles praised the NHA leadership and staff for Region 7, particularly  General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. and Regional Manager Jude Juntilo, for their dedication in ensuring the project’s timely completion and turn over despite the various logistical and scheduling challenges brought by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The Malacanang official likewise thanked Mayor Salvador Dela Fuente, Vice Mayor Jay Dela Fuente, members of the Sangguniang Bayan and employees of the Madridejos LGU for their dedication in ensuring services are delivered to their constituents.

Since assuming the chairmanship of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Unified Implementation and Monitoring of Rehabilitation and Recovery Projects and Programs in Yolanda-affected Areas, Nograles has turned over 60,441 units to different cities and municipalities in the Visayas.

Nograles, who heads the Task Force Zero Hunger, stressed: “We need to help one another in fighting hunger and poverty not only in Yolanda-affected areas but everywhere. Kailangan natin magtulungan. We need to protect our children especially from malnutrition.”

“Through our partnership with Pilpinas Kontra Gutom which is composed of various private corporations, we will create community gardens from idle lands so that the people of Madrilejos and other beneficiary areas can grow nutritious food for consumption and commerce,” the former legislator from Davao explained.

Mayor Dela Fuente, for his part, spoke on behalf of the LGU and thanked President Duterte, Nograles and the NHA for “this precious gift of housing, and we assure our leaders that this assistance will be used well for the improvement of livelihood in the area. We will never forget this assistance.”

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