Building better homes, better lives for Typhoon Pablo survivors

Permanent shelter units for the “Pablo’-affected families of Brgy. Kidawa, Laak, Compostela Valley.

Permanent shelter units for the ‘Pablo’-affected families of Brgy. Kidawa, Laak, Compostela Valley.

Laak, Compostela Valley – As you enter Barangay Kidawa of this town, you would hardly notice the bumpy ride ahead.

What will catch your attention in this once Typhoon Pablo-ravaged village just a year ago are the evidence of recovery from the tragedy.

New houses, the rebuilt public market and school, the cheerful disposition of the residents who bore the brunt of ‘Pablo’s’ wrath, are all signs that the  town has fully recovered.

Victoria B. Gucor,  Municipal Administrator, affirming this said, “As of this time, we have fully recovered. Trees and banana plantations decimated by ‘Pablo’ are now bearing fruits, and the people have new homes and sources of livelihood.”

“As the local government unit, we continuously deliver basic services to the people, and we are truly grateful to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which continues to assist us in providing livelihood and other assistance to the Pablo victims,” Goscor continued.

She added that as of November, family food packs have been distributed to 19,000 families in the municipality.

“The construction of on-site and cluster shelter units are also ongoing,” Goscor said.

Best gift 

Brgy. Kidawa was the worst-hit barangay in this town.  Some 115 families  lost their homes to ‘Pablo.’

Today, they are now the proud owners of new and sturdy homes as the DSWD, in partnership with the municipal local government and  the provincial government of Compostela Valley, awards their Certificate of Ownership in simple turnover rites.

Succeeding turnover of permanent shelter units in similarly ‘Pablo’-stricken towns of Monkayo, Compostela, New Bataan and Montevista will follow suit.

Built through the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP), the shelter units are constructed on a three-hectare relocation site on higher grounds as approved by the Mines and Geosciences  Bureau.

Each housing unit measures 24 square meters and stands on a 70-square meter lot.

Brgy. Kidawa has 10 puroks with a population of 1,600 consisting of 600 households, 60% of whom belong to the Dibabawon tribe.

With four DSWD workers in the area, residents have been given access to DSWD programs like Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Supplementary Feeding, Social Pension, and Sustainable Livelihood, and Day Care Service.

Other agencies also provide programs and services to the residents.

According to Brgy. Captain Nilo A. Bangonan, the people’s source of livelihood is now stable following the devastation of ‘Pablo.’

“We are currently harvesting palay, banana, corn, peanut, camote,  and other crops. As chairman, I wish to thank all agencies especially DSWD which continues to help us until now. We are happy with these shelter units.”

Bangonan outlined his plans for their village including livelihood projects for the women, such as sewing, gardening and food processing. He is also proposing for the construction of a potable water system.

Mary Ann Aportadera, 34, mother of five and a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary, expounded that having a new home “is our best gift.”

With four children studying in Grades 1, 2, 4 and 7, and her youngest in day care, she is happy and grateful that they now have a sturdy and lovely house.

For her, this is a “refuge from the elements where we can begin anew.”

Mary Ann also serves as the secretary of the newly formed Neighborhood Shelter Assistance Association (NASA) which will manage the cleanliness of the new community.

“Most of us who relocated here used to live in Purok 7, Magaed, which was wiped out by the typhoon,” she recalled.

Jaclaryn A. Torrico, 33, said they are  happy and grateful that there are people who assisted them in their distress.

“We should not lose hope and faith in God,” she stated.

Rising again

As Gucor puts it, “We have been through a great tragedy. Nevertheless, we will continue to do what we have to do to rise again.”

“Kami mismo ang dapat  na tumulong sa aming mga sarili at huwag palaging umasa sa tulong ng iba (We must help ourselves and not always rely on others’ help).”

Gucor also emphasized the strengthened partnership with the provincial local government, the national government through the different agencies, the NGOs, and humanitarian organizations  was instrumental to their recovery.

For her part, Provincial Social Welfare Development Officer (PSWDO) Jo Frasco stated that the provincial government will always be there to assist the people of Laak, and the other towns in ComVal.

“We will all strive to do our best to put the past behind, live in the present, and look forward to the future with hope and determination.”

“A day after ‘Pablo,’ our battlecry was ‘Tindog ComVal,’ (Stand up ComVal). Now it is ‘building back better lives and better homes,’” Frasco ended. ###

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Sec. Soliman leads turnover of bunkhouses to Zambo evacuees

Sec. Soliman with Mr. Charlie Ayco,  Fr. Al Javier of Habitat for Humanity,  Congresswoman Lilia Nuno, and Barangay Chairman Abdurahman Nuno during the turnover ceremony.

Sec. Soliman with Mr. Charlie Ayco and Fr. Al Javier of Habitat for Humanity, Congresswoman Lilia Nuno, and Barangay Chairman Abdurahman Nuno during the turnover ceremony.

Zamboanga City – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman led the turnover ceremony yesterday of five bunkhouses at Barangay Taluksangay for the families whose houses were burned at the height of the clash between government troops and the Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari Faction in September.

Together with Sec. Soliman were Habitat for Humanity Managing Head Charlito Ayco, Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, and 2nd District Congresswoman Lilia Nuno.

Representatives of International Organization for Migration (IOM) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) also joined the turnover.
The five bunkhouses with 54 rooms are part of the 21 to be constructed in the area through the partneship of the Department with Habitat. As of today, eight bunkhouses have been completed.

Witnessing the turnover were the beneficiaries who transferred there on the same day.

Starter kits and food packs were also provided to them upon their relocation.

In her message during the program, Sec. Soliman thanked the partners for their support to the national government in assisting the victims.

She also emphasized that the bunkhouses are only temporary as President Benigno S. Aquino III has committed to provide better communities after the reconstruction and development of the affected areas.

“Hindi bahay ang mahirap gawin, ang kailangang pagtuunan ng pansin ay ang pagkakaisa natin kahit iba-iba ang ating kultura. Tayo ay isang komunidad, isang Zamboanga City at isang bansa (It is not difficult to construct houses, what we need to focus on is our unity amid our different cultures. We are one community, one Zamboanga City, one nation),” Sec. Soliman remarked.

For her part, Mayor Salazar reiterated President Aquino’s plans for the affected areas.

Ayco, on the other hand, assured their organization’s support to DSWD in providing decent homes to the families. While DSWD provides the chunk of the budget, Habitat will cover 20% of the costs as their counterpart. They also supervise the actual construction of the houses

Habitat has an existing agreement with DSWD for the construction of the bunkhouses. Taluksangay Barangay Chair Abdurahman Nuno vowed to ensure cleanliness and peace and order in the area.

“We will take care of these houses,” he swore.

To date, there are still 4,691 families who are in evacuation centers and temporary shelters around the city. ###

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Sec. Soliman leads turnover of bunkhouses to Zambo evacuees

Sec. Soliman with Mr. Charlie Ayco,  Fr. Al Javier of Habitat for Humanity,  Congresswoman Lilia Nuno, and Barangay Chairman Abdurahman Nuno during the turnover ceremony.

Sec. Soliman with Mr. Charlie Ayco and Fr. Al Javier of Habitat for Humanity, Congresswoman Lilia Nuno, and Barangay Chairman Abdurahman Nuno during the turnover ceremony.

Zamboanga City – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman led the turnover ceremony yesterday of five bunkhouses at Barangay Taluksangay for the families whose houses were burned at the height of the clash between government troops and the Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari Faction in September.

Together with Sec. Soliman were Habitat for Humanity Managing Head Charlito Ayco, Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, and 2nd District Congresswoman Lilia Nuno.

Representatives of International Organization for Migration (IOM) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) also joined the turnover.
The five bunkhouses with 54 rooms are part of the 21 to be constructed in the area through the partneship of the Department with Habitat. As of today, eight bunkhouses have been completed.

Witnessing the turnover were the beneficiaries who transferred there on the same day.

Starter kits and food packs were also provided to them upon their relocation.

In her message during the program, Sec. Soliman thanked the partners for their support to the national government in assisting the victims.

She also emphasized that the bunkhouses are only temporary as President Benigno S. Aquino III has committed to provide better communities after the reconstruction and development of the affected areas.

“Hindi bahay ang mahirap gawin, ang kailangang pagtuunan ng pansin ay ang pagkakaisa natin kahit iba-iba ang ating kultura. Tayo ay isang komunidad, isang Zamboanga City at isang bansa (It is not difficult to construct houses, what we need to focus on is our unity amid our different cultures. We are one community, one Zamboanga City, one nation),” Sec. Soliman remarked.

For her part, Mayor Salazar reiterated President Aquino’s plans for the affected areas.

Ayco, on the other hand, assured their organization’s support to DSWD in providing decent homes to the families. While DSWD provides the chunk of the budget, Habitat will cover 20% of the costs as their counterpart. They also supervise the actual construction of the houses

Habitat has an existing agreement with DSWD for the construction of the bunkhouses. Taluksangay Barangay Chair Abdurahman Nuno vowed to ensure cleanliness and peace and order in the area.

“We will take care of these houses,” he swore.

To date, there are still 4,691 families who are in evacuation centers and temporary shelters around the city. ###

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Tacloban kids enjoy Christmas treat

Tacloban City, Leyte – Children from northern barangays of this city were treated to a Christmas party by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTS) Foundation  yesterday at the Convention Center.

With the theme ‘Pasko na, Tacloban! Magrisyo Kita!’ (It’s Christmas, Tacloban! Let’s all be merry!), the celebration is one way of telling the families affected by Typhoon Yolanda that Christmas should still be celebrated despite the tragedy.

“We want to give hope to the people and encourage them to move on,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

DSWD and ICTSI gave away huggable bears for the kids and noche buena packs for the parents.

All throughout the party, the children were all beaming without any trace of their tragic experience from the typhoon.

The party was capped by a caroling portion where the children dedicated their christmas songs to the sponsors. ###

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Tacloban kids enjoy Christmas treat

pic1-2Tacloban City, Leyte – Children from northern barangays of this city were treated to a Christmas party by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTS) Foundation  yesterday at the Convention Center.

With the theme ‘Pasko na, Tacloban! Magrisyo Kita!’ (It’s Christmas, Tacloban! Let’s all be merry!), the celebration is one way of telling the families affected by Typhoon Yolanda that Christmas should still be celebrated despite the tragedy.

“We want to give hope to the people and encourage them to move on,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

DSWD and ICTSI gave away huggable bears for the kids and noche buena packs for the parents.

All throughout the party, the children were all beaming without any trace of their tragic experience from the typhoon.

The party was capped by a caroling portion where the children dedicated their christmas songs to the sponsors. ###

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DSWD execs listen to Ipil, Zamboanga Chorale Group during Peace Festival

Ipil, Zamboanga Chorale Group during the Peace Festival

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DSWD receives solar lanterns, vehicles from donors

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently received a total of 1,002 units of solar lanterns from Panasonic for Typhoon Yolanda victims in Eastern Visayas.

The donation was received by DSWD-Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Operations Office (DRRROO) Director Restituto Macuto (right) from Panasonic President Nobou Yasuhira at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City.

With built-in rechargeable battery, the lanterns will not only provide light, but they can also be used as power source to charge small electronic devices, such as mobile phones.

Each lantern has five LEDs and is designed to emit light 360 degrees. It also provides up to six hours of light at the maximum brightness setting, or up to 90 hours at the low brightness setting.

On the other hand, the Republic of Botswana donated five units of Isuzu flatbed trucks for the Department’s ongoing disaster relief operations.

Pule Mphothwe (left), Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Botswana, handed the symbolic key to Dir. Macuto. ###

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DSWD receives solar lanterns, vehicles from donors

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently received a total of 1,002 units of solar lanterns from Panasonic for Typhoon Yolanda victims in Eastern Visayas.

nobou1The donation was received by DSWD-Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Operations Office (DRRROO) Director Restituto Macuto (right) from Panasonic President Nobou Yasuhira at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City.

With built-in rechargeable battery, the lanterns will not only provide light, but they can also be used as power source to charge small electronic devices, such as mobile phones.

Each lantern has five LEDs and is designed to emit light 360 degrees. It also provides up to six hours of light at the maximum brightness setting, or up to 90 hours at the low brightness setting.

On the other hand, the Republic of Botswana donated five units of Isuzu flatbed trucks for the Department’s ongoing disaster relief operations.

pule1Pule Mphothwe (left), Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Botswana, handed the symbolic key to Dir. Macuto. ### (Social Marketing Service) 20 December 2013

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