SOCIALIZED housing nonprofit group Base Bahay Foundation Inc. turned over on Friday 50 homes for families in Barangay Cabug, Bacolod City.
The ceremony was another milestone for Base Bahay, in partnership with Gawad Kalinga (GK), as the foundation continues to provide disaster-resilient shelter for communities in need.
“Today marks another milestone for Base Bahay and our partnership with Gawad Kalinga. As we continue to grow as a nonprofit foundation, we are also proud to say that we continue to rebuild communities through permanent and sustainable housing solutions,” Base Bahay general manager Maricen Jalandoni said.
The houses are designed to provide simple, decent, gender sensitive, durable, and affordable housing to families living in poverty.
GK Negros Occidental head Bobby Magalona led the opening and awarding ceremony attended by partners from the local government, including Bacolod City Administrator John Orola, and Cabug village chief Jojo Malayang.
“Today is a very significant day because it highlights 14 years of GK journey. A journey of gifting the poor with our gift of excellence, trying to find a way how to make life better for the least among us. This partnership between Base Bahay and GK is a testament of that commitment,” GK executive director Luis Oquiñena said.
Backed by the HILTI Foundation, Base Bahay is known for their use of Cement Bamboo Frame (CBF) technology to build sustainable and disaster-resilient homes for communities living in disaster-prone and high-density urban areas. Through this technology, families can feel more secured when typhoon or earthquake strikes again.
“Roughly just four years after introducing this technology in the Philippines, we have already seen how it has improved the lives of every farmer, family and partner who make up Base Bahay’s value chain, particularly of those whose main problem is something as basic as shelter,” Jalandoni added.
Since it started in June 2014, Base Bahay has built around 400 homes with partner-agencies in various sites around the country.
“We want to encourage others to build better homes today, homes that are permanent and designed to withstand natural disaster in order that we may reduce, not only destruction of property, but more importantly, the loss of lives due to collapsed or blown away homes” Jalandoni said. (NLG with reports from PR)
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on December 11, 2017.
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