According to a news article written by Francis Mangosing (2013), Typhoon Yolanda led to the deaths of at least 100 people in Tacloban with even more left injured and homeless. With winds sweeping at a record high of 275 kilometres per hour, many houses were guaranteed to have been dilapidated by these intense weather conditions. A partnership between Operation Blessing Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on responding to the needs of marginalised communities through evangelisation and basic community services and Base Bahay, Inc. was concretized last April 27, 2015 to build an initial number of 20 houses in Palanog, Tacloban City. This project is part of the infrastructure component by the project: “Community of Hope”.
In this project partnership, Base Bahay Foundation introduces the alternative building technology to Taclobanons through the creation of houses with the Cement Bamboo Frame Technology and the provision of manpower skills training to assist in construction. This provides members of the community with quality homes and a stable source of livelihood.
The purpose of this project is to advocate and promote “alternative technology in socialized housing construction” in the Philippines. Moreover, it aims to provide displaced victims of Typhoon Yolanda with the opportunity to attain affordable disaster-resilient housing in Brgy. 103, Palanog, Tacloban City. Eventually, this project created a total of 100 houses, exceeding the initial goal of only 20 houses.
Houses Built: 100 houses built (20 houses for Phase I October 2015 ; 80 houses for Phase II March 2017)
Beneficiary Profile: Yolanda Survivors
Housing Type: Single-Storey Detached