10,000 volunteers sign up for housing project for typhoon victims

March 20, 2012 2:02 am 

DUMAGUETE CITY, March 19 — More than 10,000 volunteers of Gawad Kalinga (GK) Bayani Challenge from around the world and the country are expected to build houses in Tropical Storm-stricken provinces in the Philippines.

The simultaneous building of communities from April 14 to April 19, 2012 will be in Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Misamis Occidental, Masbate, and Negros Oriental under the theme: “Pilipinas, Ngayon Na,” according to Cidni Mapa, Negros Oriental provincial GK head.

In Negros Oriental, it will be in Amlan where a new community of 120 families will be built on a three-hectare lot in Barangay Tambuhangin, Mapa said.

Amlan Mayor Bentham dela Cruz said only 41 houses were totally damaged as a result of Sendong, but he made it a point to relocate all the affected families before their houses will be swept away by the next flooding.

According to him, the municipality is applying for a P10-million loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines, P4.5 million of which is allotted for the purchase of the three-hectare lot owned by the Oyson family.

There are already a total of 10 GK sites in the province, namely, Mabinay, Bais, Tanjay, Valencia, Bayawan, Sta. Catalina and four sites in Dumaguete with Amlan as the 11th.

Mapa stressed GK is not only building homes but communities. Event head of the 5th GK Bayani Challenge in Amlan is Roslyn Tambago. (PNA) DCT/jfp/JG

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