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A glimpse of the unseen: An assessment of the core shelters in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, Philippines

Julius T. Capili, Jinky Marie T. Chua, Jack M. Regala, Lily Ann C. Mallabo

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.21(2), 11-18, August 2022

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Tuguegarao City, a lone city in Cagayan province, is situated in a low-lying area and is frequently flooded during rainy seasons and typhoons. The three core shelters erected in the city are home to 250 indigent families who were beneficiaries of the housing program through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). This research delved into profiling the core shelters in the barangays of Cataggaman Pardo, Annafunan East, and Namabbalan as to their general characteristics and environmental conditions. The findings reveal that while the core shelters are generally livable, there are areas of concern that need to be immediately addressed to improve the living experiences of its residents and can be a basis in planning for the possible construction of core shelters in the near future. The areas of concern are poor drainage system, inaccessibility to the main roads, transportation and health establishments, unpaved roads, overcrowding, and poor structural conditions of the housing units. It is recommended that a rapid assessment of the houses in the core shelters be conducted by the local government units spearheaded by the core shelter officials. An evaluation of the health and wellness condition of its dwellers must likewise commence.

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A glimpse of the unseen: An assessment of the core shelters in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, Philippines

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