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PNoy in ComVal town

President Benigno C. Aquino III assures Kidawa villagers of continuing government support on Sunday, December 22. (DSWD)

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NEW HOMES

NEW HOMES. Typhoon-resistant homes constructed for ‘Pablo’ families in Kidawa, Laak town, Compostela Valley. The DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program was implemented in collaboration with the provincial government. (DSWD)

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NEW HOMES

NEW HOMES. DSWD permanent shelters for ‘Pablo’ families built in the towns of Cateel, Baganga and Boston, Davao Oriental in partnership with the provincial government. (DSWD)

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PNOY VISITS KIDAWA, LAAK

President Benigno C. Aquino III arrives in Barangay Kidawa, Laak, Compostela Valley to inspect the permanent shelter units for families left homeless by ‘Pablo’.

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PRES. NOY INSPECTS NEW HOMES OF ‘PABLO’ FAMILIES IN COMVAL VILLAGE

President Benigno C. Aquino III visits Kidawa, Laak.

KIDAWA, LAAK, Compostela Valley, December 23 (DSWD) Over 300 families left homeless by Typhoon Pablo in December 2012 met up with President Benigno C. Aquino III as he visited Barangay Kidawa Sunday. The President inspected the newly-completed housing project under the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program. He also talked with some beneficiaries identified to receive the initial 115 units. He was accompanied by social welfare secretary Corazon J. Soliman, defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin, national housing general manager Chito Cruz, cabinet secretary Jose Rene Almendras, presidential assistant for rehabilitation and recovery Sen. Panfilo Lacson, among others.

In his message, the President emphasized that cabinet members are instrumental ‘sa ating pagbangon at pagsulong’ following the disasters that hit the country. He said, we have to make sure that every step we take brings us towards sustainable development. “Kailangan ang aktibong pagkilos at pakikipagtulungan sa mga institusyon (There is a need for active collaboration with the institutions).” Addressing the beneficiaries, he stressed, Kamo gihapon ang akong kusog…Marami pa tayong kailangang gawin at mahaba pa ang ating lalakbayin…Sulong tayo sa pag-unlad nating lahat (You still are my strength. We still need to do a lot and our journey is far from over…Let’s move forward towards progress).”

At the briefing for President Aquino here, Secretary Soliman said the relocation site is one of the two safest places in Laak per study of the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB). “The housing design is sturdier and the NASA (Neighborhood Association for Shelter Assistance) is already organized and they are now more united and more prepared for any disaster. Of the 115 initial recipients, 39 are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.” She urged the families though to take care of their new homes.

Spearheaded by the provincial government, the initial 115 permanent shelters were constructed in 45 days through Cash-For-Work and through Gawad Kalinga’s Bayanihan scheme. Gov. Arturo T. Uy said he instructed his provincial department heads and 82 employees to personally supervise and monitor the building of the units. Governor Uy personally thanked the President, saying, “Your presence will be our inspiration to strive and rise again through diligence and hard work.”

Houses that were destroyed in Laak by ‘Pablo’ reached 5116. Of this figure, 456 were located in Kidawa. The DSWD aims to build 456 units of the 24 square meter-shelter in Kidawa barangay relocation site. With a lot area of 70 square meters, each unit comes painted inside and out, with bath room and septic tank, separate kitchen, and window-level concrete walling. For the 115 units, project cost is Php 20,709,840.00.

Beneficiary and owner of House No. 15 Marcelino Regodon, said, “As most of us here in the village, we have gradually recovered considering the numerous assistance that reached us.” His daughter Merry Love, a Grade 6 pupil, is glad that their brand new home is much nearer to her school. She used to walk one kilometre to Kidawa Elementary School.

“We work hard so we can survive. God is really good. There are kind-hearted people helping those in need like us. We are overjoyed since we can now transfer to our new house. Unlike our present makeshift dwelling where we use plastic sheets as roofing material. When it pours, some portion leaks and we get soaked,” admitted Norma Bautista, 52.

Luna Mae Lino, a 21-year old mother and the lucky owner of House No. 72 is very thankful to DSWD for bringing the program to her village even if it is very far.

Laak parish priest Fr. Jun Tuyco said in his homily prior to the house blessing, “Let us strive to listen and help the government.”

From Poblacion Laak, it takes an hour to reach Barangay Kidawa. It has 10 puroks with a population of 1600 consisting of 600 households, 60% of which belongs to the Dibabawon tribe. Kidawa is bounded in the north by Veruela town, Agusan Del Sur; Montevista, ComVal in the south; and Monkayo, ComVal in the east. (DSWD)

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DSWD TURNS OVER HOUSING UNITS TO ‘PABLO’ VICTIMS

CATEEL, Davao Oriental – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the provincial governments of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley turned over some 1,266 permanent shelter units to families whose houses were totally damaged  by Typhoon Pablo in December 2012.

The houses were constructed through the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP).

To date, the Department has constructed 742 units in  Banganga, Boston, and this town in Davao Oriental as well as 524 in Compostela, New Bataan, Monkayo, Montevista, and Laak in Compostela Valley.

On Tuesday, December 17, DSWD and Davao Oriental province led by Gov. Cora Malanyaon initially awarded Titles and Certificates of Occupancy to 53 families in the newly-created Better Living Village in Barangay Madre De Cacao in this town.

Turnover of housing units in other areas will eventually follow within this month.

Earlier, at the December 4 commemoration of Typhoon Pablo, Gov. Malanyaon talking to victims said, “One year seemed too short to regain some semblance of normalcy and healing from our ‘Pablo’ experience,  yet, we have done and achieved so much.”

“All these would not have been possible without the unstinting and dedicated support of our partner agencies, both national and international, government and private.”

The governor lauded the quick response of the DSWD, Philippine Army and humanitarian organizations in working with the provincial government for the efficient delivery of relief goods to the affected areas up to the remotest villages. (DSWD/PIO DAVOR)

 

 

 

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