Housing chief inspects disaster-resilient model house in Mexico town
Human Settlements and Urban Development Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario on Saturday inspected the existing model house for the new modality of disaster-resilient housing in Mexico town in Pampanga.
Called “My Balai,” the 45-square-meter has one bedroom and one toilet and bath, a loft, and is surrounded with steel casement windows.
The all-concrete igloo-like housing is seen to resist strong winds during typhoons, fire-proof and termite-proof.
The model house is located in Amber Trail Water Park Resort in Barangay San Pablo.
Del Rosario said the resilient houses are initially eyed for construction in Batanes province, which is frequently visited by typhoons.
“Just recently, we were hit by Typhoon ‘Odette,’ which damaged 1.2 million houses, so this kind of typhoon-resilient technology is really needed especially in areas along the country’s eastern coastline which is usually hit by typhoons,” he said.
Del Rosario added that the cost for construction of the said houses is low, as it is estimated to only be around P250,000 for a bare-type unit.
He added that materials for construction of the said unit are usually readily-available and do not need importation.
“As of now, we are looking at Batanes province first because they already use this kind of technology but we are hopeful that it will also be socially-acceptable in other typhoon-prone areas in the country,” Del Rosario said.
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