Ceres buses of unknown quantity arrived in Tacloban City today to ferry out Yolanda settlers from the city proper to their news homes in North Hill Arbours, the relocation site for thousands of households who are still living in danger zones three years after the strongest typhoon to make a landfall struck many parts of Central Philippines.
The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, in its Facebook page, posted that the buses will help carry the settlers from their old homes to their new homes.
To date, the construction of resettlement shelters of more than 10,000 families are still ongoing but following the marching orders of President Rodrigo Duterte to finish the relocation by December, this year, Presidential Assistant for Visayas Michael Dino is fast tracking the completion of the project.
Dino said that Yolanda victims were able to visit their news homes today for the first time. “The occupants are now cleaning their homes before tomorrow’s official turn over,” he said.
About 280 families will relocate tomorrow highlighted with turn-over rites. “The whole village is still not done as units are still being built but the place is livable and safe,” OPAV said in its post.
Meanwhile, the Ceres buses from Cebu will stay for 6 months to ensure that the students can go to school and occupants whose jobs are in the city can go to work. The transition according to OPAV should not hinder the day-to-day activities of the resettlers.
The City Government of Tacloban previously announced that it is doing much to make sure a new PUV route is established from the relocation site in the city. The buses serves as stop-gap solution while waiting for permanent answer to these present challenges.
Dino, on the other hand, is optimistic that the whole relocation activities will be finished before the year ends as expected by Duterte.