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2,800 typhoon-hit families to have new homes before Xmas

Posted On 2013 Dec 12
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A professional diver dressed as Santa Claus interacts with children while swimming inside a giant aquarium as part of Christmas celebrations at the Manila Ocean Park November 28, 2013. The Philippines, a mainly Roman Catholic country in Southeast Asia, prepares for Christmas early - shopping malls start playing Christmas carols in September and lanterns and fireworks are put up in early December.  (MNS photo)

A professional diver dressed as Santa Claus interacts with children while swimming inside a giant aquarium as part of Christmas celebrations at the Manila Ocean Park November 28, 2013. The Philippines, a mainly Roman Catholic country in Southeast Asia, prepares for Christmas early – shopping malls start playing Christmas carols in September and lanterns and fireworks are put up in early December. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — Government is stepping up efforts to build homes for some 2,800 families affected by super typhoon “Yolanda” before Christmas.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Saturday said the construction of 119 bunkhouse units in devastated areas in Eastern Visayas is being fast-tracked for completion on or before December 22.

The bunkhouses will serve as temporary shelter for some 2,856 families displaced by the massive typhoon, which struck central Philippines last November 8.

The DPWH said it is hoping that more bunkhouses will be completed in time for New Year.

While site development and construction activities in 29 different sites are being hampered by sporadic heavy rains, the DPWH assured that private contractors have committed to work double time during good weather to facilitate the completion of the bunkhouses.

Upon completion, the DPWH will turn over the bunkhouses to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for distribution to beneficiaries. (MNS)

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