MATAG-OB, LEYTE – The National Housing Authority (NHA) distributed almost 5,000 shelter kits to various towns in the fourth district here, just days before Typhoon Ruby struck the region.
Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez said that it was exactly one year after she knocked on the doors of NHA to help constituents rendered homeless by Yolanda last year, when the promised shelter kits are finally available.
Nonetheless, she told recipients, they should still be grateful that it has come. She also admonished them to secure the kits well, and not work on it yet since Ruby was coming in one or two days.
Dorcas Secreto, NHA state management specialist, said the distribution was delayed because the government procurement process is long. The NHA distributed to Matag-ob 558 shelter kits on December 6.
Ms Secreto added that despite the storm warning, she would continue with the scheduled distribution the next day which will be in Merida. There, they would give out 758 shelter kits.
There are also around 1,300 for Isabel residents and another 2,000 for Kananga residents.
Vice Mayor Michael Torrevillas, together with the town council, welcomed the shelter kits from the NHA, saying there were still some constituents that have not received any from donor agencies.
He also lauded the congresswoman for her sincere effort to help Matag-ob residents.
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