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DSWD, UNDP turn over core houses in Albay

by CL Martinez

Albay Province (11 February) -- One of the best contributing factors for the success of a project is when beneficiaries themselves unite and really lend a helping hand in the project implementation.

Such was the case of Bicol Recovery Project in Bicol region implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with more than a hundred typhoon victims and displaced families in the municipalities of Sto. Domingo and Tiwi, Albay now provided with new permanent shelters.

The beneficiaries recently received their certificate of completion and ownership from Social Welfare and Development acting Secretary Celia-Capadocia Yangco, who led the ceremonial turn-over of shelter units.

Yangco was joined by UNDP Assistant Representative Alma Evangelista, DSWD Bicol Regional Director Remia T. Tapispisan, Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda and Sto. Domingo acting Mayor Edna Banda in awarding the certificate of completion and occupancy to the 70 beneficiary-families in Barangay San Andres, Sto. Domingo.

Tapispisan related that "unlike other relocation sites, Bicol Recovery Project is not merely doling out houses to victims. The community itself is given the role to build their houses on their own, to give them a sense of ownership and responsibility for their future homes."

She added that each family was given materials and they built the house with vigor and dedication. Families worked together as a group to build a house with separate bedrooms, a kitchen and a toilet.

In her message during the turn-over rites, Yangco said that "government's effort is nothing unless people start helping themselves. We need your help".

Yangco added that "the construction of the shelter units for displaced families in Albay and the rest of Bicol region is in response to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's directive to provide immediate assistance and strengthen rehabilitation efforts to families affected by typhoons."

Earlier, the UNDP provided electricity and water facilities to 30 family-beneficiaries of DSWD's Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP) and funded the construction of the duplex type school building in Brgy. Joroan, Tiwi, Albay.

The CSAP is the provision to indigent families who have lost their houses to disasters of structurally strong and environment friendly shelter units which can withstand wind velocities up to 180 kph. It is a relocation and rehabilitation strategy that uses work teams composed of the beneficiaries themselves to provide labor for the construction of their houses.

In the Philippines, UNDP fosters human development for peace and prosperity. Working with central and local governments as well as civil society, and building on global test practices; UNDP strengthens capacities of women, men and institutions to empower them to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and the objectives of the Philippine Mid-term Development Plan. (DSWD V/PIA) [top]

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