MANILA – A “French village” will be constructed in the coastal town of Daanbantayan, Northern Cebu as part of the rehabilitation efforts to help victims of typhoon “Yolanda,” the French business community said Thursday.
The construction of the village will be the first phase of the rebuilding efforts under the private sector initiative France-Philippines United Action.
Around 100 row houses donated by various members of the French business community will be constructed, with the new community to occupy 5,400 square meters of land donated by the Cebu government.
French construction firm Lafarge will take the lead in coordinating the funding of the houses, and construction materials.
The firm’s grinding plant in Danao will be used as a staging area for materials and volunteers.
Habitat for Humanity, meanwhile, will provide architectural supervision for the design of the houses.
It will also oversee construction of the houses as well as provide contractors, foremen, and gather volunteers.
The new homes will be designed to withstand an intensity 8 earthquake and 275 kilometers per hour (kph) winds.
The France-Philippines United Action, headed by Don Lee, will conduct the rebuilding efforts in Cebu over a period of 12 months.
“We want to help families get back on their feet by providing them with an assurance of their future by delivering the peace of mind that comes from a safe and durable home. We are privileged to be working with the architects from Habitat for Humanity, who have redesigned disaster resilient houses that will withstand the deteriorating climate situations in the Philippines,” he said.