Prior to Typhoon Yolanda in 2012, Barangay 89 and 90 in Baybay, San Jose, Tacloban City used to be lively part of the metropolis with beach houses, kiosks, residential homes and small commercial structures. Since they lived by the sea, most residents are fisherfolk, fish vendors and pedicab/jeepney drivers. After the 20-foot storm surge destroyed the two barangays and 16 lives of both adults and children, the area was declared a no build zone/ no dwelling zone.
In the aftermath of Yolanda, TYKFI selected a suitable location across the no-build zone for a housing project for the affected victims of the two barangays as part of its three-year plan to help rebuild Tacloban City. In cooperation with the local government, the TYKFI inaugurated the housing project on December 3, 2015 with a blessing ceremony. Among the guests were PAL Manager Joery G. Fallora, PNB Zamora Br. Manager Corita Ong, PNB Justice Br. Manager Maria Fe Buco, Tanduay Manager Joram Bacorro, and Philip Sing, Elizabeth Alba, Valerie Tan, Jonathan Anuma and Flora Lim of TYKFI.
The TYKFI housing project has so far benefitted about 300 residents of Barangay 89 and 90 with the construction of 60 permanent and sturdy concrete houses. According to 69-year old Barangay Chairman Salvador Santiago, they are fortunate to have been selected by TYKFI to be the beneficiaries of the housing project. A father of three children, Mr. Santiago said that with the TYKFI assistance: “We believe we continue to be blessed by God. There is renewed hope and happiness in our new homes.” Meanwhile, happy recipients of TYKFI’s free housing units who have lost property and loved ones also said they feel safe and secure in their new homes. n