All Aurora Disaster Victims to Be Given Houses - Angara; GMA's Sincerity in Aiding Dislocated Families Lauded

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All Aurora Disaster Victims to Be Given Houses - Angara; GMA's Sincerity in Aiding Dislocated Families Lauded


Byline: ARIEL P. AVENDANO

DINGALAN, Aurora Disaster victims of this calamity-ravaged town are now back on their feet after three months of uncertainty.

They are now optimistic that they will regain normalcy in their lives when the implementation of the housing projects at the relocation site in barangay Caragsacan is completed.

Gawad Kalinga which supervises the project has committed to finish the construction of initial 100 houses by the end of this month. More houses will be constructed after a secured, hazard-free relocation site is located.

Senator Edgardo J. Angara visited last week the new 1.8-hectare village of homeless residents of barangay Paltic whose houses were buried under mudflows, rocks, and debris during the series of storms that battered Aurora in November last year.

Angara, who is a native of Aurora, said that more houses will be built and awarded to the other homeless families in the southern village of Umiray. Barangays Paltic and Umiray were hardest hit by the spate of the destructive tropical storms.

Angara asked Dingalan Mayor Jimmy Ylarde to look for more relocation areas where the new communities will rise for homeless families in Umiray, saying that all victims will be provided houses of their own by the middle of this year.

Angara was joined in his visit here by National Disaster Coordinating Council Chairman and Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz, former agriculture secretary Cito Lorenzo, Gawad Kalinga Director Tony Meloto and Bishop Efraim Tendero. …

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