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190 more houses to be constructed for Sendong survivors
Wednesday 4th of July 2012
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, July 3 – Not stopping until all tropical storm Sendong survivors have been tucked in their own homes.

This was the statement of Mayor Vicente Emano yesterday as he led the blessing and brick-laying for the construction of 190 more houses in a two-hectare lot.

The Cagayan de Oro Mahogany Village at the Cagayan de Oro Resettlement and Socialized Housing Project (CDORSHP) 1 extension, Puli, Canitoan is being implemented by the city government in partnership with the Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP), All Hands Volunteers, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The land was donated by Roland Ramos and Roger Tan.

The houses will be funded by SMC and the DSWD while HFHP will be constructing the houses with the volunteer group.

The mayor is expressing gratitude to all those involved in the project, saying this would not have been possible without them. He stressed that their valuable help to the calamity victims will not be forgotten. “You are here not for glory, not for money but to help,” he said.
The mayor also thanked Canitoan barangay chair Joshua Taboclaon for his dedication to serve constituents of Canitoan.

HFHP regional program manager Leonilo Escalada paid tribute to Mayor Emano for leading the way towards the establishment of resettlement sites for calamity victims. He said the projects have been successful because of the leadership of the mayor, the support of Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas and the 16th City Council. He cited that the reconstruction process is successful because of private donors, legislative support, volunteers and the city’s chief executive. With this, Escalada stressed that the HFHP is recommitting itself to this task.

For his part, All Hands Volunteers project manager Chris Turner said as the housing project continues, the list of people to thank also grows longer. According to him, 100 workers and 135 volunteers from the Philippines and other countries have been involved in the project to provide safe and decent housing units. The project has come a long way and with outstanding success, he added.

Efforts of the city government to rebuild Cagayan de Oro after the ruins left by Sendong have not been left unnoticed and unsupported.

Roland Ramos thanked Mayor Emano and city officials for taking the lead in rebuilding the city. He said this has given private companies the opportunity to also extend help to the victims. “With your help, Sendong victims who lost their loved ones and their homes did not lose hope,” he added. (LCR/CdeOSP/PIA10)
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