Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) is currently working on building the core houses to be funded by the donation of Punongbayan & Araullo (P&A), Grant Thornton (GT) Bahamas, GT Japan, and ImoAdang Foundation, Inc. The groundbreaking at the first resettlement site at Barangay Kawayan, Tacloban, Leyte happened last January 16, 2014. The site is now being developed and the actual building of the core houses is set to resume this February, or as soon as the final revised design by the National Housing Authority (NHA) is released. The construction of the core houses was temporarily postponed due to inclement weather experienced in the Visayas earlier this year.
The core houses will be built based on the new NHA parameters set by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). This proposed design is expected to make the houses be resilient to an intensity 9 earthquake and 275 wind speed. P &A, GT Bahamas, GT Japan, and ImoAdang Foundation, Inc., are some of the donors for the first site in Tacloban, Leyte.