Lack of carpenters hinders ‘Yolanda’ rehabilitation

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MANILA, May 9, 2014— Homebuilders cannot get many projects off the ground in typhoon-ravaged Leyte because of a shortage of experienced carpenters, a Catholic archbishop said.

Palo Archbishop John Du said the shortage of skilled carpenters is so bad that it hinders the progress of housing projects for typhoon survivors.

He said that the demand for labor is high for thousands of survivors to have permanent shelters.

“Our problem now is manpower. There is a shortage of carpenters,” Du said.

As they struggle to assemble crews, he said some dioceses have sent carpenters to Leyte to help in the Church’s housing project.

“I’m very thankful to the dioceses of Pagadian and Tagum and also the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro for the manpower for the repair and relocation,” he said.

The archbishop also announced that his archdiocese donated seven hectares of land to be used as a housing site for residents displaced by ‘Yolanda’.

He said the archdiocese donated three hectares of the land to the government, while the church and its partner non-government organizations will manage the remaining four hectares. (CBCPNews)


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