Hurdles in building disaster- resilient homes tackled

By Zena V. Magto |November 16,2018 - 10:48 PM

CONSTRUCTION, finance, and disaster preparedness organizations are encouraged to work together to address the challenges of building quality, disaster-resilient homes.

Jessan Catre, Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter country manager of the Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter, said that they would need companies in these sectors to find ways to reach out to low-income communities so that they could build quality, disaster resilient homes.

Terwilliger Center officials made the call amid their recent study which showed the challenges of building disaster-resilient homes.

Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter is a unit under Habitat for Humanity and the study they conducted was called “Bahay, Buhay.”

The survey covered 123 households, 62 of which came from Bogo City and 55 from Pinamungajan town.

Catre, who presented the survey results, said that the factors that caused residents from low-income communities to build low quality houses would include lack of technical knowledge, and the lack of financing ability.

Even if 94 percent of the respondents aspire for quality housing, these aspirations are constrained by the lack of funds and the costs of construction.

“Most households surveyed were economically secure but still low-income, and thus very resource-constrained,” the survey report said.

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