DAVAO ORIENTAL, May 20, 2015 — Some 977 families in the typhoon Pablo-hit towns of Baganga, Cateel and Boston recently received certificate of occupancy to their new homes funded under the Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP).
Turned over by the Department of Social Welfare and Development
(DSWD)and the Provincial Government, the provision of these new homes is
part of the province’s Building Back Better Program which intends to
rehabilitate the affected towns that were devastated by Super typhoon
Pablo in 2012.
Housing beneficiaries expressed their thanks to both the provincial
and national government for giving them the opportunity to have their
own house which they say is 'much more comfortable and beautiful than
their old house before the typhoon struck’. The beneficiaries added that
these new houses have given them hope and motivation to work even more
to improve their lives.
“As a parent, seeing my children comfortable in a home we can truly
call our own gives me a lot of composure. I can now give more focus on
my work without worrying about a place where my family can stay
comfortably and secured,” says one beneficiary in Cateel.
Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, who spearheaded the ceremonial
turn-over of certificate of occupancy, said these homes are symbol of
security and new hope. Giving beneficiaries an opportunity to rebuild
their lives, she added that these homes will further encourage the
beneficiaries to dream more and dream big.
In her message, she encouraged the beneficiaries to also do their
fair share in ‘building back better’ their town. She reminded the
housing beneficiaries to take care of this ‘gift’ and become responsible
stewards of such gifts. She also reminded them to be thankful no matter
how big or small the aid given to them.
“Your leaders are merely instrument to help you get back on your feet
but the rest depends entirely on you,” she told the beneficiaries.
“This is a privilege given to you and you must take care of it,” she
Based on latest report from the DSWD, about 15,811 housing units were
already implemented on the ground under the MSAP out of the 19,880
target. DSWD, however, assured that all housing units required will be
completed before the year ends.
Gemma dela Cruz, DSWD XI Provincial Coordinator recognized the
Provincial Government’s ‘great’ efforts in pushing for the completion of
the housing project in the typhoon-hit towns.
She urged the beneficiaries to help make their communities more
beautiful and peaceful as good communities can draw more assistance from
the agency, particularly in terms of livelihood programs laid out by
In terms of long-term development, Gov. Malanyaon highlighted the
province’s emerging eco-tourism industry that has recently gained its
place in the national limelight owing to the developments set up by the
provincial government, particularly tourism facilities here.
First district representative Congressman Nelson Dayanghirang, who
strongly backs the Provincial Government’s bid for eco-tourism
development through provision of funds for the construction of road
networks, said linking key tourism destinations to the rest of the
province and neighboring provinces is one sure way to draw in more
opportunities and investments here. This, thus, would help in the
long-term development of the areas.
Dayanghirang said that for the year 2015, the government has
allocated P256 million for the concreting of roads and P 11.5 million
for road widening.
Seawall projects are also aligned
in the towns of Cateel and Boston earmarked with a budget of P45million
and P 50 million, respectively.
He assured the residents in his district that the completion of these
road networks up to the province’s boundary will be fast tracked.
He further urged the people here to stay united in supporting the
efforts of the Provincial Government for the development of the whole
province. (PIO DAVOR)