44 families in Bogo to get new houses

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Friday, May 23, 2014


FORTY-four families residing near the sea in Bogo City will get a chance to live in a decent home without fear of being swept away by a storm surge.

The beneficiaries will occupy houses built by cement manufacturer Cemex and Gawad Kalinga on a 1.2-hectare relocation site in Barangay Cayang.

Yesterday, private donors joined the Bogo City Government during the groundbreaking of the site, located in the center of a sugarcane field.

“Di ko makatoo nga usa ko sa mga beneficiary. Pahawaon na man mi sa tag-iya sa yuta sa Gairan ug dako ang gasto kung magpatrabaho ko og bag-ong bay. Asa naman lang mi puyo(I cannot believe that I am one of the beneficiaries. We have been told to vacate the land we are occupying by the owner and building a new house is very costly. We don’t know where to go),” Analou Muana said.

The housing project for residents living in high-risk areas in Barangay Cayang is the second relocation site in Bogo City, which launched the Adopt a Barangay Project to obtain the help of the private sector in rehabilitating villages devastated by typhoon Yolanda.

Yolanda

Of the city’s 82,237 residents, 18,295 were affected by Yolanda. Those that were hardest hit were Barangays Gairan, Nailon, Dakit, La Paz and Polambato.

Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr. thanked Cemex and Gawad Kalinga for the Unity Village.

Martinez led Chito Maniago of Cemex, Gawad Kalinga Cebu’s Toby Florendo, Daanbantayan Vice Mayor Gilbert Arrabis and Daanbantayan Councilor Chona de Leon during the ceremonial mixing of cement.

Martinez said site development of the resettlement will begin tomorrow.

Florendo said each house costs P150,000.

Gawad Kalinga will conduct profiling of the recipients and organize them intoa community organization.

Martinez said the local government will provide livelihood training for residents.

Project beneficiaries were chosen because they lived in no-build zones and cannot afford to build their own house.

The City Government conducted a survey to find out potential beneficiaries and sent the list to Gawad Kalinga and Cemex for final screening.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 23, 2014.

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