Archive | December 9th, 2015

‘Pablo’ survivors in Tarragona get new homes, community projects

Ribbon cutting ceremonies for shelter turnover led by [from left] Tarragona Mayor Nestor L. Uy, Davao Oriental Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon and DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria.

Permanent homes in Barangay Cabagayan.

Tarragona, Davao Oriental -Three years after, it is no longer stories of misery and hopelessness but a celebration of bountiful blessings and new beginnings for ‘Pablo’ survivors here.

On December 4, three years past Tropical Storm Pablo (Bopha), the municipality of Tarragona received massive aid from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Under the Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) of DSWD in partnership with the Provincial Local Government, 304 families in Cabagayan, Jovellar, Maganda and Tubaon received permanent homes as an early Christmas gift.

These houses are part of the total 867 shelter units to be completed by the first quarter of 2016, said Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD.

“We really came here to see your smiles as you finally receive your housing units. These houses are typhoon-resilient and we hope that you can finally enjoy the celebration of Christmas and New Year with your families,” Director Razon heartily conveyed to recipients in Sitio Madian, Barangay Tubaon during the turnover.

Other assistance  inaugurated in Tarragona under DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan -Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) include a 260-meter road concreting in Barangay Jovellar amounting to P 1,137,152.00, drainage canal in Barangay Central worth P 1,249,290.00 and an P 8,461,990-worth backhoe to expedite construction works and clearing of roads during disasters.

“We have continuously supported our affected families and attended to their needs. All of these developments were made possible through the sustained support of the provincial and local government units of Davao Oriental,” Director Razon said.

To date, a total of 18,447 MSAP units have already been completed in Davao Oriental, most of which are located in the hardest-hit towns of Baganga, Cateel and Boston.

Wala gyud mi gipabayaan sa DSWD. Wala man gyud mi naigo pag ayo sa Pablo pero gilupad sa Bagyong Agaton amoang balay. Daghang salamat sa pinaskohan sa DSWD (DSWD never abandoned us. Our house was not heavily damaged by Typhoon Pablo but Typhoon Agaton blew our house away. Thanks much to the Christmas present of DSWD),” Nalita Macatubay of Tarragona said.

Governor Corazon Malanyaon lauded the support and assistance of DSWD throughout the three years. “DSWD has poured so much support and never-ending assistance to the people of Davao Oriental.”

Tarragona Mayor Nestor L. Uy expressed his gratitude to DSWD. “We were not as devastated as Boston, Baganga and Cateel yet DSWD has provided more than what we expected. Let us take care of the blessings that came from God who made DSWD the instrument.” (DSWD)


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RSCC gets early Christmas cheers

The DSWD Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) receives early Christmas presents from the family of Dennis Uy, owner of Phoenix Depot. Receiving the gifts is RSCC Center Manager Lolita I. Roble.  The Uy Family gave out two air conditioning units, assorted toiletries, school supplies, toys, and a one-year supply of diapers. Presently, RSCC has 56 abandoned, neglected and voluntarily surrendered children under its care. (DSWD)

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Sheltered by the storm

Tropical Storm Pablo: A blessing too:

Antonio and Rufina inside their new home.                                                                                           

Kilagding, Laak, Compostela Valley – Sometimes the worst of disasters could hit the already distressed communities. For an elderly couple in Compostela Valley, what was initially thought as nature’s wrath turned out to be life’s greatest blessing.

Rufina A. Gan Ongan, 82, and husband Antonio T. Gan Ongan, 84, used to stay in a small hut with walls made of bamboo slats and nipa roofing. After the devastation of Typhoon Pablo on December 4, 2012, nothing was left of it.

The old couple was not blessed with children. In those trying times, no one was able to take care or look after them. They had no one but each other.

Rufina recalled how she and her husband painstakingly made a makeshift shelter using the GI sheets and lumber they collected from the debris that scattered in the neighborhood.

“It would always bring me to tears whenever I recall our situation when the typhoon hit us here. For three days, we hid under the two pieces of GI sheet propped in an A-line position. We slept on the damp soil and endured the scorching heat during the day and the numbing coldness of the night,” Rufina sadly recounted.

Through the Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Antonio and Rufina received a permanent shelter constructed in a much safer ground in the village.

Three years after typhoon Pablo wrecked their home, they now live comfortably in their new abode. The house is fully painted with concrete walls, two bedrooms and a rest room.

The BLGU donated a 400-square-meter lot for each shelter, enabling residents to cultivate plants, cash crops and vegetables and even raise hogs or chicken.

In Rufina’s garden, one will find several blooming plants of various shades and a few vegetable patches which are dwarfed by tall cassava stalks. Most of the MSAP units here are teeming with an assortment of plants and vegetables that would surely amaze passersby and visitors alike.

MSAP granted nearly 300 beautiful permanent homes here. The vibrant community seemed to have not been ravaged by ‘Pablo’.

I am overjoyed that we have a house now. The government never neglected us, Rufina exclaimed.

Antonio is a Social Pension beneficiary of DSWD and gets P 500 every month which is paid every quarter through the local social welfare and development office. Rufina said it is truly a great help since Antonio could no longer walk nor hear.

We are very thankful that DSWD did not neglect us. The disaster that was ‘Pablo’ also brought blessings in our lives. We got a house and a sizeable lot for free and relocated to a place safe from disasters, Rufina said. ###

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