As survivors of Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ struggled to find permanent shelter, the Aquino government failed to release P20 billion allocated for 2016 for housing assistance to typhoon victims, according to data released by a senator as the country marked the third year when the storm devastated Eastern and Central Visayas.
Senator Loren Legarda said Congress allocated P25.6 billion housing assistance for Yolanda victims under the 2016 budget of the National Housing Authority (NHA) but the government had not released P20.7 billion as of June this year.
“In light of the commemoration of Yolanda anniversary, allow me first to put on record that we have allocated P25.6 billion housing assistance for victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda under the 2016 budget of the National Housing Authority (NHA). Unreleased funds as of June 2016 is 20.7 billion,” Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on finance, said in a speech on Monday.
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