Globe, GK pledge 100 units in P15M Ormoc shelter plan

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014


TO SUPPORT rehabilitation efforts for typhoon Yolanda survivors, Globe Telecom is working with Gawad Kalinga to put up 100 houses in a GK Village situated in Barangay Tambulilid, Ormoc City.

Named the Globe Tattoo-Rotary-GK Village, the project is estimated to cost P15 million, of which P10 million will be allocated for the construction of houses.

The remaining amount will finance the community’s livelihood program.

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Globe Telecom President and Chief Executive Officer Ernest Cu said this is Globe’s first housing project after typhoon Yolanda devastated areas in the Visayas last Nov. 8.

The land in Barangay Tambulilid where the houses are set to be built belongs to the Rotary Club of Ormoc.

Cu said that apart from the P15 million initial support from the mobile and home broadband brand Tattoo, an additional P1.2 million was raised in donations from Globe executives and brand ambassadors.

Ormoc City Mayor Edward Codilla said during the launching of the village on Tuesday that he is grateful for Globe’s efforts in helping rebuild the city.

“We are already in the rehabilitation phase,” said Codilla in Cebuano. He concluded his speech by saying, “Abante, Ormoc!”

Ormoc, Tacloban and parts of Leyte and Samar bore the brunt of typhoon Yolanda, which left more than 6,000 dead and displaced around four million from their homes.

President Benigno Aquino III has declared a national state of emergency in the wake of
the typhoon.

Globe said the typhoon also hit its infrastructure, with thousands of poles and fiber optics wiped out. Cell sites have since been restored Cu said, although these can only provide basic services and not high-speed connections in some typhoon-devastated areas.

Aside from providing financial assistance for the housing project, Globe’s top executives, brand ambassadors and employees themselves initiated the construction work. They divided among themselves the tasks of piling on hollow blocks, putting up roofs and painting, among others. At least 40 Globe employees from Manila participated in the construction.

Gawad Kalinga Executive Director Jose Luis Oquinena said the houses will be finished by members of the village, who will get to own these units.

Oquinena said GK is screening potential recipients endorsed by the local government of Ormoc City and they will prioritize poor families living in the danger zones. Each house will have a 21-square-meter area with a 12-square-meter loft.

Oquinena added that recipients of Globe’s houses will also be involved in GK’s livelihood programs, like hollow block-making. The GK official also said he looks forward to having some land near the village where residents can grow plants that can be used for beauty care products under the Human Nature brand.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 06, 2014.

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