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DSWD MiMaRoPa turns over 397 core houses to beneficiaries


Core shelter beneficiaries raise their land titles received from the Department of Agrarian Reform.

SABLAYAN, Occidental Mindoro-   With the convergence efforts of different government agencies, families who were devastated from Typhoon Jolina in 2009 received their new housing units under the DSWD’s modified Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) last July 31, 2015.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa Assistant Regional Director for Operations, Floreceli Gunio and Sablayan Mayor Eduardo Gadiano led the turn-over of 58 housing units in Sitio Yapang, Barangay Batong-buhay and 339 units in Sitio Cigaras, Barangay Ilvita during the inauguration ceremony in the municipality.

Funding for the construction of the said houses was provided by the DSWD amounting to Php28 million pesos with Php12 million pesos counterpart from the local government unit with 600sqm lot granted to each family by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). The core shelter units worth Php70,000 each.


CSAP site in Barangay Ilvita, Sablayan is now occupied by 339 families.

Houses were built by beneficiaries’ own hands. “Ginagawa namin ang mga bahay namin, sumasahod pa kami dahil sa cash for work [program] ng DSWD,” said Ilvita Barangay Captain Noel Yasay.

Building of core shelters also serves as training ground for beneficiaries under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) course of masonry and carpentry, on which whoever passed the assessment get National Certificate II affirming their skills competency. Furthermore, the Philippine Army has volunteered in the construction.

On the other hand, the Occidental Mindoro Electric Cooperative (OMECO) and National Electrification Administration (NEA) have allocated one-million peso-fund for the electrification of the two housing sites thru their Sitio Electrification Program. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) also established the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig Para sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG) project with a mission to provide safe and sufficient water for the beneficiaries.

Dito nakita namin ang pagkakaisa ng mga ahensya ng gobyerno para mabuo ang isang komunidad,” said beneficiary Jovita Espinosa. “At itong pangrap namin na magandang bahay, na natupad na, ay aming aalagaan at lalo pang pagagandahin,” she continued.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shared Php400,000 to beneficiaries in Ilvita for employment and livelihood program under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers or TUPAD while seedlings are also given for farming by the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) has released Php2, 500,000 for the construction of Barangay Health Stations.

CSAP provides disaster resistant shelter units to families displaced by natural calamities that are unable to restore damaged houses. This is also intended to other families who are at high risk and vulnerable areas that need to be relocated.

DSWD reminds recipients of core houses not to sell nor rent it out within 15 years.###

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Our own and happy home

Carrying a child in one arm, a mother looks outside her house. She smiles as she sees a group of people approaches and says, “Magandang umaga po. Tuloy po kayo.” She lets the people take a peek of her newly-built house.

Ronalyn Ebron, 34 years old is one of the beneficiaries of the Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) funded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) together with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of the municipality of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

Ronalyn welcomes her visitors with a smile to their newly-built home.

Ronalyn Ebron welcomes her visitors with a smile to their newly-built home.

Ronalyn invited the DSWD staff inside her roughly decorated house. She moved to her home last January 2015.  She, together with her five children and husband, used to live in Zone 4, a sitio of Barangay Ilvita, one of the areas often affected by the typhoons and flooded since they are near the river. In 2009, the said sitio received the brunt of Typhoon Jolina that damaged and destroyed properties and houses.

The households living in Zone 4 are considered “at risk” for a long time and therefore pushed the local government to formulate plans for the transfer of the residents to a safer place. After systematic planning in 2013, the local government resorted to the CSAP initiated by the DSWD.

With the groundbreaking ceremony attended by Sec. Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman last 2014, the LGU of Sablayan started its “Pangarap na Pamayanan” project with 397 houses for the residents of “at risk” families in barangays Ilvita and Lagnas, another area also affected by typhoons and flood.

Of the total number of houses provided, 112 in Brgy. Ilvita and eight in Brgy. Lagnas are awarded to Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries like Ronalyn. As a stay-at-home mother with a delivery-man husband, Ronalyn’s family strives to do better in life. “Nagpapasalamt po kami kasi nabigyan po kami ng bahay at safe po kami dito,” utters Ronalyn. They are grateful that a sturdy house and spacious lot is provided to them and they can call it their own.  CSAP is one of the contributing factors in the Department’s goal of uplifting the well-being of the partner-beneficiaries.

Lina Basit shows her glee as she pose in front of her new and own home.

Lina Basit shows her glee as she pose in front of her new and own home.

Lina Agmat Basit, 52 years old, is also a Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiary. With tears, she says, “Nagpapasalamat po ako sa ating pamahalaan kasi nabiyayaan kami ng sarili naming bahay na hindi namin naisip na magkakaroon kami.” She recalled that she was excited when she heard they will receive a house from CSAP that she immediately moved to it when it was ready for occupancy.

Lina also stays at home while her husband is a seasonal farmer and construction worker. For others, they don’t have much but for them, what they have is more than enough to be grateful for – their own and happy home.

With convergence from the various programs of the Department as well as the willingness of the local government to provide its best care to its constituents, change in the lives of the poor people is never too far. ###





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