31 new houses turned over to Pablo victims

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Saturday, May 10, 2014


PHILIPPINE Army troops and local government unit of Davao Oriental turned over Wednesday 31 new houses to Typhoon Pablo victims, who are beneficiaries of the Community Recovery Assistance Center in Barangay Alegria, Cateel town.

Captain Renante Carsano, 701st Brigade Civil Military Operation (CMO) officer, said there are still 69 houses under construction. He added that the 31 housing units were first turned over so that typhoon victims could start their lives anew.

"The housing project started August 2013 on the request of the Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon to fast track provision of shelters [for the typhoon victims]," Carsano said.

Carsano added the Philippine Army and the Provincial Government broadened their partnership in addressing the shelter needs for typhoon-affected residents.

Carsano said the construction and administrative costs were funded through the Modified Shelter Assistance Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Provincial Government.

Army's 534th Engineer Construction Battalion of 52nd Engineer Brigade took charge of the labor, he added.

The 701st Infantry Brigade commander Colonel Benjamin Madrigal Jr. said they helped the Provincial Government addressed its goal of providing a stable and a long-term housing to thousands of families displaced by calamities.

Carsano said aside from the engineering brigade, troops of the 67th Infantry Battalion headed by Lt. Col. Krishnamurti Mortela, former commander of the 67th IB, also engaged in several housing constructions in the towns of Boston and Baganga.

"The Army's staunch advocacy in implementing government programs as an active partner in development had greatly contributed in keeping peace and security in the province, making it insurgency-free," Carsano added.

Malanyaon lauded the efforts of the soldiers, whose presence are always felt by the local residents -- from disaster response to relief operations and up to the recovery and rehabilitation.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 11, 2014.

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