French envoy to leave PHL with USD2.2-M housing projects for 'Yolanda' victims (Philippines News Agency)

French Ambassador to the Philippines Gilles Garachon will be concluding his service in the country at end of this month and will be leaving with three housing projects worth USD2.2 million for victims of Typhoon “Yolanda” through the France-Philippines United Action (FP-UA).

The housing projects of FP-UA in partnership with Philippine Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity are in the province of Cebu, particularly in Daanbantayan and Bogo City.

According to FP-UA, the French business community is building 74 disaster-resilient houses in Barangay Agujo and another 148 houses in Brgy. Paypay both in the municipality of Daanbantayan.

The FP-UA is set to turnover these houses to the typhoon victims in October.

Another 100 houses will soon rise in Brgy. Cayang, Bogo City with construction to start by September.

The FP-UA was created in 2013 after Garachon challenged the French business community in the Philippines to take their part in Typhoon “Yolanda” rehabilitation.

Among the major donors for the housing projects include French firms Total, Lafarge, Schneider, Sanofi, Caisse des Depots, Commanderie de Bordeaux, Megacem, Megatype, and Cites-Unies France.

Garachon will be leaving for Thailand where he will have the same post as French envoy in the Southeast Asian nation. (PNA)