Feature: New house, new life for 400 displaced Marikina families
Sta. Rosa, Laguna (11 October) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the distribution of relief goods to 400 Marikina families who were affected by typhoon Ondoy. Aside from the relief goods given by the President, UNICEF, Marikina Local Government, PCSO & the Office of the Vice President, the most important is a house unit located in Southville, Phase 3 in Looc, Sta. Rosa City in the province of Laguna.
The affected families were from Barangay Tumana and Concepcion, Marikina whose houses were totally damaged by the onslaught of typhoon Ondoy. They were part of those families who stayed in the rooftop of 3rd floor buildings in Marikina to stay alive.
With the President were Sta. Rosa Mayor Arlene Nazareno, Laguna Governor Lazaro, NHA gen. Manager Federico Lacsa, and some local officials. She conversed with some relocatees and inspected a unit similar to the awarded units. The units will be paid by the relocates for thirty (30) years in the amount of P200 per month. This will start a year after they occupied the said units.
Judith a shoemaker in Marikina and one of the relocated families said that she is very thankful to the President who made the effort in helping them and finding a shelter for those affected by Ondoy. She said she hoped that aside from the house and relief goods the government is giving them, a job opportunity is needed for them to survive. She is hopeful that Mayor Nazareno will help them in this problem.
Southville is a subdivision in Sta. Rosa, Laguna intended for those people who live near the railways and sharing them to those people in Marikina was an effort both the local & national government in reaching out to those who were greatly affected by the typhoon Ondoy. (PIA4A) [top]