Capitol, partners award GK houses to 16 families in Minglanilla

IMG_3440A blind man and 15 other families from Tunghaan, Minglanilla finally acquired housing units as beneficiaries of Sugbo-GawadKalinga (GK) Village Housing Project.

The beneficiaries, who were screened by the GK Community Development Foundation, Inc. received their house keys in a ceremony at the GK multi-purpose building last Friday, December 20, 2013.

Governor Hilario P. Davide III, who attended the activity, congratulated the beneficiaries of the housing units. He said the project is a real example of Public-Private Partnership.

Ampingi gyud kini kay usa sa basic need nato mao man gyud ang shelter, Davide said to the beneficiaries. “Dakogyudkining blessing kungadunakitaykaugalingongbalay.”

The housing project was supposed to be the relocation site of the 700 displaced occupants of the Capitol lots in Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City. However, the barangay (Tunghaan) and municipal officials of Minglanilla requested for some units for being the host of the project.

The Capitol purchased the 8.5 hectare lot in 1997. In 2009, Lexmark Research and Development Corporation built some houses for free, as part of corporate social responsibility, while GK served as the administrator and implementor of the project.

Paul dela Serna, GK Project Area director, said the Capitol will be paid by the members of the GK Village Homeowners Association, Inc. for the lots through the Community Mortgage Program in a 35 year period. The recipients will pay a minimal amount of 650 pesos a month.

MurthirMagdait, 38, a blind man who works as massage therapist in Colonnade, Cebu City was accompanied by his wife Berna.  He said he was very happy that after two tries, his application was finally accepted by GK.

Speaking in behalf of the beneficiaries, Benita Enad said the privilege to own and live in the GK way has changed their lives.

There are 88 households already occupying the area with 72 of them coming from the province-owned lots in Cebu City.

A ceremonial ribbon cutting for the GK Garden and painting of housing units were also conducted during the event. The houses were constructed in duplexes, which has 48 square meters. Each unit has a 20 sq. m. floor area.

Lexmark Cebu President and Chief Executive Officer R.L. Bandy, Tunghaan Barangay Captain James Getuaban and GK Representative Jerome Awitalso attended the activity.