Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Mayor Celestino “Junie” Martinez Jr. led the groundbreaking and the ceremonial turn over of the progressive shelters in Yolanda Village under the “Adopt A Barangay” project of the City of Bogo.
Adopt A Barangay is a resettlement project of the Bogo City Government, in partnership with numerous NGOs and private organizations. This endeavor will build 110 “progressive shelters” in a one hectare relocation site in Brgy. La Paz, which will accommodate the displaced families affected by super typhoon Yolanda. Priority recipients are those living in danger zones and in coastal areas. The resettlement site is named Yolanda Village.
Ahmad Clay Escolar, chairman of the Adopt A Barangay project, revealed that they aim to build 4000 progressive shelters for the 1,350 families that they intent to relocate. These 4,000 shelters will be constructed in different barangays in Bogo City.
Escolar said the resettlement houses which they termed as “progressive shelters” are not yet entirely typhoon resistant but foundations of these houses are already strong. “The important thing is we bring the people away from danger zones”, Escolar added.
Each progressive shelter has a 21-22 square meter floor area and can accommodate five (5) family members with an estimated cost of P50,000-P60,000.
In identifying the beneficiaries, Escolar said they followed the guidelines set by DSWD and those of the sponsors. Recipients of these shelters will also work in the construction of their houses as the local government also considered “sweat equity” in choosing the beneficiaries.
In two weeks time, an initial number of 45 families will be occupying these shelters.
The beneficiaries can acquire the houses for free but need to pay 240 pesos per month for 25 years for the cost of the lot. They are, however, given two (2) years holiday for the said payment.
Gil Tablo, one of the initial beneficiaries said he is eager to occupy his new house in Yolanda Village. “Nalipay kog dako nga nahimutang mig tarung”, enthused Tablo.
Major sponsors of this rehabilitation project include Sunshine Corner Ministry, Cebu Breakfast Club, SM Cares and Prosjikt Filippinene by Ms. May Britt Tynes.
Mayor Junie Martinez expressed his gratitude to all the donors whose generosity expedited the resettlement project. He also thanked the provincial government for allotting two (2) million pesos for their rehabilitation program.
Governor Davide thanked the donors and called them a “credit to humanity” for their humanitarian assistance. Davide also commended the efforts of the local officials of Bogo for their rapid response after super typhoon Yolanda. He also urged the beneficiaries to take care of the shelters for these are gifts from the donors. “Let us celebrate the spirit of bayanihan here in Bogo” Davide added. Diane Higida