Gov’t eyes 3 resettlement sites for quake-hit Abra residents

Published August 10, 2022, 6:38 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) has identified three resettlement sites for residents of Abra whose houses were damaged by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit Northern Luzon on July 27.

DHSUD Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar said the construction of resettlement sites in the towns of Tayum, Bucay and Peñarrubia is part of the government assistance programs for quake-affected residents in Abra whose houses were either destroyed or damaged.

“We have been providing emergency shelter assistance since the earthquake happened in the form of temporary shelter materials and now with financial assistance through the Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP),” said Acuzar.

“We now need a proactive response through a more permanent solution to the damages this calamity has caused. Building shelters should now become a priority. We need help from our private partners for us do that,” he added.

The earthquake destroyed a total of 264 houses while 19,165 were partially damaged in the municipalities of Tayum, Bangued, Bucay, Pidigan, La Paz and San Quintin in Abra.

The official said they are now meeting with local government units and the private sector, adding that some agreements have already been made for the housing projects.