Church of Jesus Christ teams up with Catholic Relief Services to help storm survivors

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

THE Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has teamed up with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to provide transitional houses to victims of Tropical Storm Sendong in Cagayan de Oro.

Representatives of the groups signed a memorandum of agreement last week and agreed to pledge a hefty amount of $350,000 for the construction of decent temporary houses.

Joe Curry, country representative of CRS’ Philippine Program, said most of the needs of the survivors like permanent shelters, food and clothing were already addressed by the government and other non-government organizations.


He said what they lack now is a dignified and convenient temporary shelters where they can stay while waiting for their permanent houses to finish.

“We decided to provide them with transitional houses made of light materials in a 16 square meter land that will be constructed in three to four days for them to live conveniently,” Curry said.

He said those presently living in evacuation centers will be prioritized for the temporary shelters.

Benson Misalucha, area welfare services manager of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said the CRS will manage the project while they will provide for the materials and manpower.

Misalucha said those who can avail of the temporary shelters will not be chosen based on religion but those who really needs the transitional house.

“We target 400 families to benefit from the project, which will be identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development,” he said.

However, he said they have one problem as of the moment – the land where they would put up the temporary shelters.

With this, Misalucha is calling for good Samaritans who can temporarily lend at least 16 hectares of land for them to start the project.

He said if there are no donors, they would be forced to give the offer to Iligan City.

“I hope somebody will offer a land kasi sayang ang project if Kagay-anons can’t avail,” Misalucha said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 13, 2012.

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