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DSWD gives P5-M worth of shelter units for Poona Piagapo town

by Charmaine P. Tadlas

Cagayan de Oro City (17 February) -- In addition to the 35 shelter units that were inaugurated recently in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, additional 79 units were inaugurated and turned over to the local government unit of Poona Piagapo, Lanao del Norte by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on February 11, 2010.

Celia C. Yangco, the Acting Secretary of DSWD graced the inauguration of the shelter units established in barangays Tangclao, Nunungan, Maliwanag, and Piangamangaan.

The units provided were under the Modified Shelter Assistance Project crafted in the Indiciative Rehabilitation Plan prepared by the DSWD and the local government of Poona Piagapo.

The Project reached to more than P5 million with counterpart of P1 million by the local government.

Despite family feuds, which are locally known as "rido," that was constantly happening in the area, Secretary Yangco said she wanted to see and visit the families of Poona Piagapo, especially those that were affected by the conflict that erupted on August 18, 2010.

"This is my first time to be in Poona Piagapo and I have seen how much this municipality needs social protection and development," Secretary Yangco said.

"That is why the DSWD will continue to provide such for the people of Poona Piagapo. Mayor Saripada Yusoph will have to make a discussion on how we could possibly provide more for these families," Secretary Yangco asserted.

Mayor Yusoph of Poona Piagapo was almost in tears as he also expressed the predicament and fear the families had to go through when the war erupted.

"They were terribly traumatized," Mayor Yusoph relayed.

He added, "But thanks to DSWD, you could see them smile again and are now living normal lives. Because of the houses built for these families, homes are now seen sprawling in the vast area of our municipality." (DSWD 10) [top]

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