MANDAUE City officials and employees, led by Mayor Jonas Cortes, helped construct a multi-purpose building for residents of a socialized housing site in Barangay Tipolo last Saturday, in a gesture symbolizing the City’s commitment to a “transformation program” through team work.
Private partners and non-government organizations (NGOs) also lent a hand in building the hall for residents of Lower Tipolo Homeowners’ Association Inc. Village.
“This is our contribution. No matter how small, it makes a difference,” said Cortes, who joined the chain of volunteers passing blocks and other building materials from one hand to another.
The City and its private partners also offered free consultation and medical and dental services to the residents, who were formerly informal settlers.
Other services include a job fair, livelihood training and free haircut. The staff of the City Public Library and students of the Mandaue City College also held story-telling sessions with the children.
Dubbed “Panagtagbo,” a Cebuano word for meeting or encounter, the activity was held as part of the City’s 46th Charter Day celebration, which culminated yesterday.
P-Green Philippines, a technology firm, donated solar panels for the multi-purpose building while the Philippine Action for Community-led Shelter Initiatives, an NGO, provided the facility to create “interlocking compressed earth blocks.”
Volunteers also worked together to create a 120-sq.m. children’s playground.
Cortes led the ceremonial turnover of the building and the playground to the 230 homeowners.
Other companies that joined the outreach activity were Petron, 360 Pharmacy, Bing Pharmacy and Unilab.
Participating NGOs also include the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.