The Australian government officially handed over housing units to around 8,000 persons or 1,533 families who were affected by super typhoon Yolanda.
The housing units were turned over in a ceremony last July 28 at the Palo Municipal Hall in Palo, Leyte led by Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell, Palo Mayor Remedios L. Petilla, Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, Gawad Kalinga Executive Director Luis Oquinena and CRS Philippine Response Coordinator Joshua Kyller.
“Australia and the Philippines have a deep and warm relationship covering broad areas including development, trade and defense cooperation. Australia will always stand ready to support the Philippines and the Filipino people in times of disasters,” said Tweddell.
The shelter rehabilitation and construction was implemented through projects by CRS Philippines, Gawad Kalinga, and the Philippine Red Cross, in coordination with the Palo Municipality, Tacloban City and the beneficiary host communities.
Australian support through CRS included provided providing shelter materials, rehabilitating damaged houses, and constructing new ones for those totally destroyed, as well as water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) assistance.