The province of Basey, Samar is located close to the area of Tacloban; one of the regions severely affected by Typhoon Yolanda. This region was faced with a large amount of resources lost due to damaged infrastructure, residences, and buildings. Due to this, thousands of people have also been displaced from their homes. While many receive temporary housing for such calamities, permanent and resilient homes remain to be a major and urgent concern.
Disaster-resilient housing was offered as a sustainable response to the recurring patterns of natural calamities in the area. Together with the Daughters of Charity, a Catholic organization dedicated to responding to the needs of the poor through service, Base Bahay has built eighty-six (86) houses in the municipality of Basey. Families who were heavily affected by Typhoon Yolanda have been able to receive these houses by the first quarter of 2018. Seventy (70) houses were turned over by January 7, while the remaining 16 were turned over in February.
The project is part of the Rebuilding Lives Project aided by the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul’s International Commission for Aid and Development (SSVP CIAD). The land is owned by the local government unit and was turned over to the beneficiaries in a usufruct arrangement for 99 years.