116 families to get DSWD’s P7.5-M shelter program in Comval mining area

October 21, 2009 10:19 pm 

MACO, Compostela Valley, Oct. 22 – About 116 families will get financial aid from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) to finance their shelter units in Barangay Masara, Maco here.

DSWD regional director Ester Acebedo-Versoza said a total of P7,500,000 has been approved by DSWD-CSAP to be extended to individuals or families left homeless in the gold-rush mining area badly hit by landslides in September 2008.

Versoza said the project is a community development initiative utilizing the principles of community organizing, convergence of services and capability building.

To date, she said the national government through DSWD, has facilitated construction of some 1401 housing units throughout Davao Region with a funding exposure of P31,440,723.

Versoza said together with some beneficiaries, 75 skilled workers and four engineers from the local government unit (LGU) of Compostela Valley have already started the construction last June in a two-hectare lot at Sitio Uswag, Barangay Kinuban.

She said the whole village will be completed through the third Bayani Challenge 2009 on October 23-30 wherein over 2,000 volunteers from the government, private corporations, civic and religious organizations, and families will convene to build a new community for the victims.

Earlier, Josephine Frasco, Compostela Valley Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer urged DSWD Regional Officials to participate in the upcoming Bayani Challenge.

She said activities for the eight-day construction work are installation of jambs, doors, windows and bedroom partitions; filing of concrete hollow block from window level to ceiling; plastering works; pouring of concrete for flooring; installation of plumbing and electrical works; installation of framing and roofing; and landscaping. Frasco said the first Bayani Challenge held last January 23 to 31 successfully built 50 houses while the second Bayani Challenge on May 8 to16 completed the Gawad Kalinga Designer Village with 38 houses in Sitio Kinuban.

The activities will be led by Gov. Arturo T. Uy, Frasco said.

Gawad Kalinga Isang Milyong Bayani is a patriotic movement of building a true Filipino Character through building best homes for the homeless. Its premise is not just to build houses but to immerse in a community and foster friendship and camaraderie among volunteers, and strengthen one’s faith. While volunteers build, they will dance and sing, listen to series of empowerment talks and play group games.

A Bayani Team is composed of 15 members with four masons, two carpenters and nine support workers.

Some 150 Bayani Teams are expected to participate, Frasco said.

For its part, DSWD has committed to field one team.

The new community which will be sporting duplex and quadruplex units will be called “USWAG-CSAP – Gawad Kalinga Village Phase 2”. (PNA) FFC/CDD/lvp

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