PGMA turns over titles to disaster victims in Albay

October 15, 2009 10:14 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 16 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo turned over 250 Certificates of Ownership to disaster victims who are now staying at the Tagaytay Resettlement Site in Camalig, Albay as part of the milestones celebration of the Arroyo government’s 30,000th Shelter provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under its Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP).

Highlighting the turnover was the presentation of Salvador Oraye, the 30,000th beneficiary of CSAP, to President Arroyo. Oraye hails from Sitio Basud, San Rafael, Guinobatan and is now resettled at the Quitago Resettlement Site in Albay. Oraye received a check for P5,000 from President Arroyo.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral said that the national government through the DSWD has funded a total of 31,663 shelter units for disaster victims nationwide under the eight-and-a-half years administration of President Arroyo, from 2001 up to first semester of 2009.

The Arroyo Administration allotted P1.4 billion for the construction of these shelter units.

Secretary Cabral said that Luzon, which is often the most badly hit island by disasters has the most number of shelter units with 16,932, followed by Mindanao with 15,269; and the Visayas with 3,083 units.

Of the units in Luzon, 7,108 were built in the Bicol Region.

The 14.5 hectares resettlement site in Barangay Tagaytay was purchased by Camalig municipality and developed by the National Housing Authority (NHA). It is now the permanent home of some 840 families displaced by typhoon Reming last November 2006.

“These families are now proud owners of environment-friendly and structurally-strong shelter units that can withstand typhoons with up to 200 kph wind velocity, earthquakes up to intensity 4 in the Richter Scale and other natural hazards,” Secretary Cabral said.

The DSWD chief acknowledged the support of Habitat for Humanity Philippines, the government of Italy, International Organization for Migration and Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri for the completion of the core shelter units in Camalig, Albay.

In her message during the turnover, President Arroyo said that the government will soon allocate funds for the construction of a school building in the resettlement area.

Joining the President during the activity were Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr., Congressman Al Francis Bichara, Albay Governor Joey Salceda, Camalig Mayor Carlos Irwin Baldo and DSWD Assistant Regional Director Evelyn Lontok. (PNA)

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