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40 houses for Yolanda victims in 40 Lenten days

MANILA, March 14, 2014— Construction is underway of new permanent shelters for typhoon Yolanda victims as part of the Archdiocese of Palo’s 40 houses in 40 Lenten days project.

Palo Archbishop John Du said the project started on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, and is expected to be finished on Eastern Sunday, which marks the end of the celebration.

The project, he said, is a special initiative in lieu of the 40-day preparation for the Holy Week aside from the church’s long-term involvement in the rehabilitation work.

“We can come up with 40 houses that is orderly and fit for their (victims) dwelling. We are targeting to finish this within the season of Lent,” Archbishop Du told Church-run Radio Veritas.

Archbishop Du said church’s efforts have been ongoing to help victims cope up with the recent tragedy.

The archbishop, however, lamented the surge in prices of basic commodities and construction materials continue to hinder the region’s recovery.

He called on the government to address the problem that has beset the region after the onslaught of the typhoon.

“Pries are high that’s why hopefully the government can control it. They resolve the price of those [goods] that are quiet high,” Archbishop Du added.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) earlier urged businessmen to adhere with prevailing price freeze for basic commodities in typhoon-stricken areas.

In Tacloban City, the agency also set up a “Diskwento Depot” where goods and supplies will be stored. The depot started last January and expected to end in June. (CBCPNews)