UK based NGO to construct 270 shelters in the north

A United Kingdom-based humanitarian organization pledged to construct 270 progressive-core shelters in Sta. Fe and Bantayan towns.

The international non-government organization will also provide livelihood opportunities for vulnerable groups and assistance for disaster response and risk reduction.

In its regular session on Monday, February 3, 2014, the provincial board authorized Governor Hilario P. Davide III to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) for the implementation of the project.

IRW is identified with Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), a consortium of donors based in UK. DEC is named project donor of the Typhoon Haiyan Shelter Response in Northern Cebu.

The total budget for the project is £83 million, to be implemented in two phases. The first phase is targeted to end in May.

The cost of each shelter is estimated to reach P70 thousand but this depends on the prices of construction materials.

Syed Shanawaz Ali, head of mission, of IRW Yolanda Response Operation, said the beneficiaries would be those victims who have no means to build another home after the onslaught of the typhoon.

IRW, in consultation with the provincial government, has the final say in the beneficiary selection process.

The said structures will be constructed in the relocation sites identified by the province and towns concerned. The families living in safe areas will also be considered as recipients of the housing.

Under the MOU, IRW will finance all construction related to cost of material, cash transfer for skilled and unskilled labor.

The provincial government, on the other hand, will shoulder the transportation costs of the materials to the LGUs. The recipient-LGUs will also be the one to shoulder the transportation costs of such materials to the shelter sites.

IRW arrived in the Philippines last November for emergency response in Northern Cebu three days after typhoon Yolanda struck Central Philippines. The organization also distributed shelter repairs kits and food assistance to the affected communities in the north, including Camotes Island. Xerxes Alkuino