Job order employees get new homes

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PROVINCE OF DAVAO ORIENTAL – Sixty-nine job order employees of the Provincial Capitol together with their families are now enjoying the comforts of their new very own homes at Barangay Dahican in the City of Mati, courtesy of a socialized housing project.

Aptly named Samahang Pabahay Project, the provision of these new houses was realized through the collaboration of the Provincial Government that provided the resettlement site as well as the land development, the Banco de Oro (BDO) Foundation that shelled out funds for the construction, and the Couples for Christ Ancop that facilitated the operation and social preparation of the beneficiaries.

Designed as a typhoon-resilient community, the one-hectare settlement consists of 38 duplex houses plus one single-detached unit with a floor area of 30 square meters and an average of 110 square meters lot.

Aside from these homes, the Ancop Foundation is also providing community development programs on livelihood, education, and health, in order to sustain the program. In addition, a multi-purpose hall and a chapel are set to be placed here, among other amenities.

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Designed as a typhoon-resilient community, the one-hectare settlement consists of 38 duplex houses plus one single-detached unit with a floor area of 30 square meters and an average of 110 square meters lot.

“This settlement will be more than just an infrastructure project as it is intended to become a community where recipients are going to build their dreams and happily raise their families,” said Jaime M. Ilagan, President of the CFC Ancop Global Foundation, Inc.

Ancop Foundation which spearheaded the implementation of the project hopes that the beneficiaries would not only take care of their new houses but will ‘also help spread the kindness and generosity to others’.

Meanwhile, BDO Davao-Tagum Branch Head and Senior Assistant Vice President German Penales, said that this housing resettlement project is in line with BDO Foundation’s advocacy which is to respond to the needs of the marginalized sector.

He thanked the BDO’s clients and stakeholders who donated for their cause of building homes for those who needed it. “Thanks to their donations, we have built resilient homes and provided much-needed shelters for families here. We would also like to acknowledge our volunteers—the BDO community builders who took time off from their schedules to help build homes for the people of this community,” he said. “The success of this project inspires us further to do more in the years to come. We look forward in finding more ways to help people.”

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Governor Malanyaon and the guests shower coins and candies during the blessing and inauguration of the Samahang Pabahay Project.

Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, on the other hand, thanked the CFC Ancop and the BDO Foundation for partnering with the Provincial Government in providing homes for the marginalized sector–in this particular case – the lowly employees of the Provincial Government. “Thank you for sharing your blessings. We cannot thank you enough,” she said.

She also stressed the role of convergence in the project’s successful implementation. “This is a beautiful showcase of how institutions have converged and complemented each other’s resources in coming up with a very laudable and worthy project,” said the governor.

Beneficiaries here expressed their happiness that they can finally start living in their own space this holiday season. “This is truly a wonderful gift,” said one recipient. 

President of the Home-Owners’ Association Maximo Quillo extended his gratitude to the housing benefactors, saying it had been their dream to own a home where they can raise their family. “You have made our dream become a reality,” he said.

To assure the continuity of the project and to serve future batches of recipients, the 69 beneficiaries will be paying a minimal amount of about P400 per month to complete the P25, 000 amortization for the lot. This is payable up to five years. “This counterpart from the beneficiaries will be used for the land development and other improvements of the community,” said Ancop. PIO

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