Davao light firm turns over more funds for Habitat for Humanity

December 17, 2010 1:59 pm 

DAVAO CITY, Dec. 17 — The Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) recently turned over its cash donation of P255,000 to Habitat for Humanity, Philippines and its partner the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Pagugmad sa Kabataan Foundation, Inc. for its ongoing housing for the homeless project in Matina, Biao, Tugbok District, this city.

DLPC community relation manager Vic Sumalinog said the donation formed part of the power firm’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects.

Sumalinog said this year, DLPC has allocated P15 million for its CSR projects.

He said DLPC’s cash donation is intended to fund the construction of at least five houses valued at about P80,000 to P90,000 per house.

Sumalinog said it was the 4th batch of donations for building houses, which DLPC had provided this year. The first was for two houses in Sitio Mahayahay, Tugbok, followed by three houses in Cabantian, and one house in Panabo, all of Davao City.

Of the P15 million budget for CSR, P300,000 is set aside for the building of houses, Sumalinog said bulk of DLPC’s CSR project is earmarked for education such as construction of school buildings.

Former Miss Universe Margie Moran-Floirendo, current co-chair of Friends of Habitat, another branch of the Habitat for Humanity, Philippines represented the Habitat for Humanity during the turn over rites held at DLPC office.

Moran said Habitat for Humanity is basically focused on providing homes and communities for the homeless in coordination with several partners like the corporate sector, local government units, churches, other private entities, and international organizations.

She however said Habitat for Humanity’s main goal is to build homes and lives for its home partners at the same time instilling the value of responsibility of doing their obligation to pay the house at a very low price.

This as she clarified that Habitat for Humanity and its partners’ home projects is not purely a dole-out.

“We are teaching people here that it is a responsibility, although we cannot burden the poor it will depend on their capacity to pay,” she said.

For the Matina Biao project, Leah Genson, executive director of UCCP Pagugmad sa Kabataan Founcation, Inc. said they are targeting 30 houses for the project, in which 20 structures were already completed.

Value of the houses varies but the biggest so far is worth P20,000 consisting of 42 square meters of land and 30 square meters floor area. Monthly amortization of the house is P300 monthly payable in five years.

The Matina Biao project covers four hectares of which 2 hectares is allotted for housing and two hectares for agriculture as livelihood for the home partners, Genson said.

The home partners will apply to a People’s Organization in the area, should be a resident in the area and will sign a mortgage.

Genson said UCCP Pagugmad sa Kabataan Foundation, Inc.’s project in Matina, Biao is also funded by its biggest donor agency the German-based Kindernothilfe.

Mary Ann Montemayor, chair of the Davao Local Management Habitat for Humanity said, Habitat for Humanity projects have a multiplier effect since payments made by the home partners are earmarked to build more houses.

This as she reiterated that the organization’s main goal is to build communities and homes not only houses.

Meanwhile, Floirendo said Habitat for Humanity has built 25,000 houses in the entire Philippines, over 100 houses in Davao City, and 5,000 houses throughout Mindanao.

Habitat for Humanity has also existing and completed projects in Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Compostela Valley Province, she said. (PNA) LOR/Judy G. Quiros/ldp


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