May 22, 2024

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Tolentino leads inauguration of housing units for Taal Volcano victims

By Jun Talusan

SENATOR Francis N. Tolentino on Friday led the inauguration of brand-new housing units for residents affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano in 2020 in Talisay, Batangas.

According to Tolentino, the housing project located in Talisay Residences Phase II in Bgy. Tranca, is expected to shelter some 425 displaced families once it reaches its final completion.

A total of 150 housing units were inaugurated Friday. Another 150 units will be up for completion by the end of July, and the remaining 125 units by end November this year.

It was Tolentino who was the chairman of the Senate Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement during the 18th Congress who initiated the project, in collaboration with the National Housing Authority (NHA), and the local government of Talisay.

With Tolentino during the inauguration were NHA general manager Joeben Tai, Batangas 3rd District Rep. Maria Theresa Collantes, and Talisay Mayor Nestor Natanauan.

The beneficiaries were residents of the Taal Volcano Island, which is now a hazard zone.

Among those affected by the 2020 eruption of the Taal Volcano were from the towns  of Talisay, Malvar, Tanauan, Laurel, Agoncillo, Santa Teresita, Cuenca, Alitagtag, Mataas na Kahoy, Balete, and San Nicolas, and the city of Lipa.