SEVERAL families living in Lower Beceril-Granada, Boljoon town, southern Cebu who were affected by Typhoon Odette (Rai) in December 2021 will soon have their own core-progressive shelter units.

These housing units, usually measuring 12 square meters of floor space, are environment-friendly and are built to withstand typhoons, flooding and mild earthquakes.

Materials for the construction of these shelters are locally sourced. They are called “progressive” because the beneficiary-family can expand and upgrade their unit.

Caritas village

These shelter units, to be built on land owned by the Archdiocese of Cebu, will form part of the Caritas Village in Lower Beceril-Granada.

It is a five-minute uphill drive from the center of Boljoon, a town in the south of Cebu. The housing project is a collaborative effort of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu, Cebu Caritas Inc., and the Municipality of Boljoon, with support from the Relief and Rehabilitation Unit (RRU) of the Cebu Archdiocese, Caritas Philippines, Caritas Internationalis and the Patrocinio de Maria Parish of Boljoon.

A perspective of the shelter unit, dubbed “Balay Caritas: Puy-anan sa Gugma ug Paglaum (Caritas House: Home of Love and Hope), was unveiled in a groundbreaking ceremony last June 27 at the settlement site.

In attendance were Msgr. Jose Dosado, the episcopal vicar for District 3 parishes, who led the rite of blessing together with Cebu Caritas president Fr. Alex Cola, Cebu Caritas program director Fr. Alden John Baran and RRU head Fr. Charles Jayme, Cebu Caritas trustees lawyer Maria Jane Paredes, engineer Charlie Taguiam, Dr. Jesus Ravanes and Dr. Greta Canoy. Boljoon Mayor Merlou Derama and other local government officials were also present.

Cola said Cebu Caritas and RRU will soon roll out a livelihood program for the beneficiary-families. (PR)