November 12, 2014
About 1,810 families, who lost their homes from the recent Super Typhoon Yolanda, are now enjoying their own disaster resilient shelters.
Latest data this month show that NASSA/Caritas Philippines has already built 1,194 shelters and repaired 119 houses. There is also an on-going construction of 420 houses and on-going repairs of 77 houses.
According to one of the recipients of the newly-built houses in Barangay San Nicolas located in San Dionisio in Iloilo, their homes are even more conducive now because they already have their comfort room. They would not also have to worry anymore whenever the rain pours.
“Masaya yung mga bata na may matutulugan na kami ng mayos,” Flordelisa Marabilla gratefully said.
Another distinct feature of the housing project is the incorporation of the sweat equity system, which revives the spirit of bayanihan among the community’s people.
“They have now created a system in such a way that instead of 12 days, they have shortened it to only 6. It’s a matter of putting up a system that would hasten the whole process. And that would incur a lot of savings and I told our people that the more savings we have as long as we do not sacrifice the quality of the structure, we will be building more houses for our brothers and sisters here,” Monsignor Meliton Oso said.
NASSA/Caritas Philippines, the social action arm of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, constructs houses with typhoon resilient features as one of its six major programs.
The beneficiaries are from Iloilo, Capiz, Kalibo, Palo, Calbayog, Borongan, Cebu and Coron.
Aside from building new homes, the organization also assists in the repair of 116 houses in nine communities in Coron, Capiz and Calabayog.
So far, the total amount of money spent for the construction and repair amounts to P130 million.