The Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte, thru the Provincial Planning & Development Office, in partnership with the United Nation’s pool of organizers and Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, conducted a POST DISASTER SHELTER RECOVERY PLANNING WORKSHOP at the Philippine Gateway Hotel on February 16-18,2022. The activity got the full support of the Provincial Government’s partner organizations including the UN-IOM, USAID, and People of Japan, and was attended by the reliable international organizations which included the Islamic Relief, Catholic Relief Service, Community and Family Services International, and as well as our accredited Civil Society Organizations such as SEDFMI, REACH Foundation, and the Philippine Red Cross.

Among the National Line Agencies who extended their support for the activity were the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Department of Health, Philippine Statistics Authority, Office of the Civil Defence, Philippine Coconut Authority, and of course, our partners from Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development represented by RD Cristie Reyes and her team. The DHSUD’s key shelter agencies such as the National Housing Authority represented by RD Erasme Madlos, Home Development Mutual Fund central office represented by Ms. Jacqueline Constantino, and Social Housing Finance Corporation regional office thru its OIC, Ms. Merry Cris S. Berdin, also attended the activity and shared their programs and projects for housing concerns.

The team Capitol which included our Committee Chair on Housing and Land Utilization BM Edgar Andanar, BM Melva Garcia, Provincial Administrator Atty. Premolito B. Plaza, and heads and representatives of the Provincial Engineering Office, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Provincial Environment & Natural Resources Office-LGU, Provincial Social Welfare & Development Office, Provincial Assessor’s Office, Provincial Economic Enterprise Development & Management Office, among others, were also actively present in the activity.

In general, our partners from the National Line Agencies shared about the existing laws and policies, such as those related to the implementation of demolishment and easement, as well as programs and projects relative to the provision and/or implementation of housing projects. The local shelter plans of the City and Municipal LGUs are very important in making sure that we will be able to implement soon, appropriate housing projects for our affected communities which does not only include the informal settlers, but also those who are living in the hazard prone areas and no-built zones.

After the said activity, series of undertakings will also be conducted onwards, such as the review of CLUPs on March 7-11, two batches of trainings for GIS and CDRA on March 14-25, phase two of the Local Shelter Plan and Resettlement Action Planning Workshop on April 4-8, and the presentation of outputs on April 25-29.