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Monday, July 7, 2014


THE Rotary International (RI) District 3860 has donated a total of P10 million to build 48 houses for super typhoon Yolanda survivors in Bogo City, Cebu.

RI District 3860 will donate P4 million to build 20 houses in the Rotary Village in Tacloban City, Leyte.

The latest round of donation came after RI District 3860 past district governor Edgar Chiongbian signed yesterday a memorandum of agreement with SM Foundation Inc.

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RI donated P10 million for 48 houses at the SM Cares Village in Bogo City.

The Rotary Village in Tacloban will also be implemented in partnership with the SM Cares Housing Project.

The SM Cares Village in Bogo, Cebu has a total of 200 houses. The project was built on the lot donated by the family of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Marcelo Fernan to SM Foundation Inc.

SM Foundation was represented by Marissa Fernan, daughter of the late chief justice.

In her speech, Marissa thanked the Rotary for helping build houses for Yolanda survivors. She said the Rotary districts in Luzon, Australia and New Zealand will also help the housing program.

Marissa said SM Foundation aims to build a total of 1,000 houses not only in Bogo but also in Palo and the cities of Ormoc and Tacloban in Leyte and Concepcion in Iloilo.

She said the foundation plans to turn over the SM Cares Village in Bogo City, Cebu on Nov. 8, a year after Yolanda made landfall in northern Cebu.

“The housing project in Bogo City is almost finished. The only challenge now is the lack of drainage. If we want the Nov. 8 inauguration to push through, we should have the drainage,” Marissa said.

She said Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr. will ask the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to construct the drainage, which may cost about P3 to 4 million. She added that she also discussed the issue with Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III. EOB

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 08, 2014.

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