LEGAZPI CITY – The Albay Provincial Government will purchase a 14-hectare lot worth P36 million to be developed as relocation housing community for more than 100 families whose houses were demolished by lahar flows and recent typhoons, particularly Super Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses.
The Albay Sangguniang Panlalawigan has already approved the need resolution allowing the provincial government to go ahead with the land purchase and allocated the amount for it.
Board member Victor Ziga Jr. said they immediately approved the resolution after they made an on-site inspection of houses that were flattened or buried under sand and boulders in Brgy. San Francisco in Guinobatan town.
Ziga said the relocation site will be developed in Brgy. Bobolosan, an upland village in Guinobatan. “We need to urgently relocate them because they are experiencing so many inconveniences inside the evacuation centers. They have been there since they lost their houses to the past typhoons and the lahar flow,” he added.
He said they would also closely coordinate with the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the construction of the relocation houses.
Records of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (Apsemo) indicate that at least 2,615 families involving 10,092 persons remain in various Albay evacuation centers.
Albay folks have also expressed their thanks to Senator Richard Gordon has pledged to help in the construction of houses in Guinobatan.