120 families to get own house in Naga-A A +A
Friday, September 6, 2013
FOR close to a decade, Elizabeth Lapus and her family lived with her sister.
She, her husband and their seven children used to live in a squatter area until the landowner evicted them.
“Lain gyud kung imuha gyung balay (But it’s different when you live in your own house),” Lapus said.
Her wish was granted when the Gawad Kalinga (GK) Foundation, a nongovernment organization; Apo-Cemex Corp.; and the Naga City Government built low-cost houses for people like Lapus in Barangay Tinaan, Naga City, Cebu.
Aside from Lapus, 119 other families will also get their own house.
Officials from the GK Foundation, Apo-Cemex Corp. and the Naga City Government, along with the 120 beneficiaries, attended the ground-breaking ceremony of the GK Village in Sitio Sindulan around 9 a.m. yesterday.
Apo-Cemex Corp. donated 1.8 hectares to the Naga City Government so the City could create a relocation site for residents affected by the firm’s quarrying operations and for those living in landslide-prone areas.
The NGO, the firm and the City signed last year a memorandum of agreement to formalize the plan to create the GK Village.
Lawyer Ma. Virginia Eala of Cemex Philippines said that through the project, they want to show that the firm is not just about business.
Naga City Mayor Valdemar Chiong, for his part, said that while the project has finally been realized, they still have to do a lot of things to improve its sustainability.
Aside from the housing project, Apo-Cemex also donated a mango plantation in the area that could serve as pocket gardens for the housing beneficiaries.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 06, 2013.