Bogo starts Yolanda Village as help

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Thursday, January 9, 2014


THE Bogo City Government will turn over on Jan. 15 a first batch of 20 houses to typhoon survivors, in a part of Barangay La Paz that has been named Yolanda Village.

Yes, the village is named after the super typhoon that hit northern Cebu, among other

towns and cities, said Bogo City Mayor Celestino “Junie” Martinez Jr.

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The City also promised to give the families of typhoon survivors two piglets each, as one way to earn money.

Each house in Yolanda Village costs P45,000, donated by some non-government organizations (NGOs), the mayor said. These will be given to those whose houses were destroyed and those who used to live in danger zones where they can no longer go back.

Martinez said that Gov. Hilario Davide III, Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale and some Provincial Bboard members will grace the turnover ceremony, which will symbolize the start of new living conditions for the survivors and the generosity of their donors.

The mayor said there are also pledges for 500 houses from various groups, which they already started.

These 500 houses will also be located in the 8,000-square-meter Yolanda Village and will be distributed to the poorest of the poor who lost their houses during the typhoon.

Earlier, SM City announced its donation of 200 houses for the typhoon survivors in Barangay Pulangbato, Bogo City.

“We need more carpenters and workers for our rehabilitation efforts,” Martinez said.
Aside from building houses for the typhoon survivors, the Bogo City Government is also distributing piglets.

“Each family will receive two piglets. They will grow and sell these, but they will have no obligation to repay the City Government, because that is one of way of helping them survive,” Martinez said.

“As a leader, I know the needs of my constituents, such as houses and livelihood,” said the mayor and former district congressman.

Martinez said the estimated damage typhoon Yolanda caused in the northern city could reach P700 million, including private and public buildings and agricultural crops.

“But we have started to recover. The sugarcane plantation owners have already harvested what was left after the typhoon,” he said.

Bogo City has an annual budget of P340 million. Most of its 95,000 population rely on farming, fishing and trading.

What helps the city, he added, is its strategic location for business in northern Cebu as well as trading with the provinces of Masbate, Leyte and Negros Occidental.

“Business is picking up two months after the typhoon and Bogo City as a trading center is now back on its feet,” the mayor said. “Economy-wise, there are several opportunities here.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 09, 2014.

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