8 Naga families given new homes

WHEN Typhoon Ruby hits Cebu, John Christian Lapuz, 22, and his mother Jessy won’t have to fear.

Concerned groups turned over to them and seven other families new and sturdier homes in Barangay Tinaan, City of Naga yesterday.

Lapuz, his mother and seven siblings used to live in a small hut in a squatters’ area in Tinaan. The owner of the property asked to leave a year ago.

He told Sun.Star Cebu this will be their first time to live in a house they can call

their own.

Gawad Kalinga (GK), APO-Cemex Corp., LBC and the City Government of Naga offered to provide low-cost housing to poor families.

APO-Cemex, who has a plant in Barangay Tinaan, donated a 1.8-hectare property to the City for the housing site.

They required the beneficiaries to build the house as sweat equity.

“Makaingon gyud ko nga ako gyud ning gihaguan kay ako mismo ang nipanday aning balaya (I can say this house is mine because I built it myself),” Lapuz said.

Toby Florendo, GK Cebu head of partnerships, said that aside from the eight new houses, they plan to construct 70 more in the same site.

But Florendo said the completion of the project will depend on the number of sponsors they can get.

He, however, is confident that more poor families in the City of Naga can receive new homes with more sponsors willing to help them.

The GK Village in Barangay Tinaan is the 13th such village in Cebu. The GK aims to create 15 to 16 villages in Cebu Province and Cebu City.

Lawyer Ma. Virginia Eala, of APO-Cemex Philippines, said they thanked all stakeholders for the project.

She said the company will continue to help those who are in need in their community.


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