The National Housing Authority has revised the design of its proposed houses in three resettlement projects in Catanduanes to better protect the houses against the onslaught of super typhoons.
This was learned recently during a meeting of NHA officials with Governor Joseph Cua at the Provincial Capitol.
It may be recalled that following the massive destruction caused by super typhoon Rolly in southern Catanduanes which affected an NHA housing project in San Isidro Village, the provincial chief executive called on the agency to revise its design to enable the houses to withstand typhoon winds.
NHA officials reportedly said the proposal to change the GI roofing to concrete slab would not be feasible due to its higher cost.
It instead adopted parapet walls around the GI roofing’s lower edge to protect it from the wind.
The design change was adopted in the housing construction for the Virac Resettlement Project at barangay Sto. Domingo but it is now clear if the same will be implemented in the two other NHA projects in San Isidro Village, Virac and in San Rafael, Bagamanoc.
The Our Lady’s Village Resettlement Project at San Isidro Village, Virac consists of 938 lots generated out of the total 99,230-square meter land area. Each lot will be 40 square meters each with each row house having a floor area of 28.40 square meters.
The project costing P499 million is being implemented by a joint venture of JC Uyecio Construction & Development and CS Garcia Construction Corporation. The project was started on June 12, 2020 but work was suspended beginning July 2, 2020 due to major revision of plans, issued on the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines’ clearance permit for the project and the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the other hand, work at the P105-million Repair and Rehabilitation of Virac Resettlement Project at Sto. Domingo intended for calamity victims is also suspended since Oct. 26, 2020 due to revision of the house models and the signing of an amended memorandum of agreement between NHA, the provincial government and the municipal government of Virac.
The two parcels making up the 42,521-square meter land is owned by the two LGUs and will generate 364 residential lots with a lot size of 60 square meters and floor area of 20 square meters.
Targeted as beneficiaries are families affected by typhoon Nina, those residing in danger areas and those affected by government infrastructure projects who qualify for relocation and resettlement assistance under RA No. 7279.
With a cost of P114.6 million, the project is being implemented by Performance Builders and Developers Corporation, which started work on Sept. 17, 2019.
In Bagamanoc, work on the resettlement project for calamity victims has also been suspended since Oct. 12, 2020, eight months after Tri-Ex Tower Company Inc. began land development activities in February of the same year.
Costing P51.7 million, the project will generate 98 lots on the 13,277-square meter land, with each lot 40 square meters and each row house having a floor area of 28.40 square meters.
The work suspension is due to the proposed Variation Order No. 1, revision of the subdivision plan in compliance with the findings of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), the actual occupants within the site, and revision of housing design.