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Regional directors, representatives of the government agencies, and some private stakeholders together with Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. and other officials witness the inauguration of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga’s new Science and Technology Center, as well as the groundbreaking of its Metrology Laboratory at the Caraga State University (CSU) Campus, Barangay Ampayon, Butuan City headed by Regional Director Lyndo Villacorta. (PIA-Caraga)

PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012

DSWD, inaugurates 25 core shelter units in Magallanes, Agusan del Norte

by Leah G. Quintana

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 3 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Office and the local government unit (LGU) of Magallanes, Agusan del Norte inaugurated 25 units of core shelter built in Barangay Caloc-an in December 2011.

These core shelter units are built through DSWD’s Core Shelter Assistance Program or CSAP. The project aims to reduce the number of homeless families every year by providing a structurally strong indigenous shelter which can withstand approximately 180-220 kph wind velocity, earthquake of moderate intensity and other similar hazards.

It also maximizes participation and draw commitment of the beneficiaries and the whole neighborhood to make the shelter unit livable and to maintain structurally strong housing standards.

Further, the project develops and promotes the value of self-reliance among the beneficiaries and the community.

The beneficiaries of CSAP are organized into Neighborhood Association for Shelter Assistance (NASA), which promotes collective action in realizing the goals of the project. The association also addresses the vulnerabilities of the community while empowering beneficiaries to make the core shelter livable and more sustainable.

Magallanes Mayor Demosthenes H. Arabaca enjoined the 25 family beneficiaries to take care of the new houses saying, “Since you deserve this core shelter project, you take care of these houses just as you take care of yourselves.”

The 25 families who benefited the project come from low-lying areas in some barangays of Magallanes that are easily flooded. Each family beneficiary received P 70,000.00 for the materials from DSWD while the local government of Magallanes provided the lot where the houses now stand. The LGU also provided for the labor cost.

Bukas Neighborhood Association (BANASA) president Edwin Anida was all smiles while thanking the DSWD and LGU for this project.

“Mapasalamaton kami sa nagpasiugda aning proyekto kay inyong kaming gihatagan og bag-ong kapuy-an," Anida said.

(We are thankful to the initiators of this project for giving us our new home).

DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat graced the occasion together with Mrs. Angelita Amista, Chief, Operations Division of DSWD Caraga, the municipal legislators headed by Vice Mayor Margarito Auguis, Ms. Miriam Pagaran, representative of Congresswoman Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba. Fr. Silverio Relova blessed the new shelter units. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)

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