Families get new GK houses

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Monday, August 25, 2014

AT LEAST 30 families from Our Lady of Victory Training Center for people with disabilities and those who had been affected by court demolition orders, fire incidents, and Typhoon Yolanda from the Visayas are beneficiaries of a housing project in Barangay Los Amigos, Tugbok District in Davao City.

The turnover of the 30 newly built houses was spearheaded by Gawad Kalinga Davao head Arthuro Milan, Davao Light & Power Company, Berjaya Group Philippines country head Paul Soo, Friendster chief-executive-officer Iannis Hanen and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Samahan ng May Kapansanan sa Dabaw (SAKADAB) Gawad Kalinga village residents also joined the turnover ceremony last August 16.


Duterte expressed his gratitude to the different companies who funded for the construction and also to the volunteers who helped build the houses. A one-hectare lot was bought and donated for housing purposes by the City Government.

"The house is really beautiful. Maganda at matibay ang pagkakagawa. This could not be possible without the help of the Gawad Kalinga members' kaya my deepest gratitude for your help. I would always like to be here, to attend this kind of occasion kasi walang hypocrites' dito. People come to help," Duterte said.

Rostico Bertulfo, 56, a Yolanda victim, thanked the City Government of Davao and the Gawad Kalinga for the assistance.

"Bago mi nabalhin sa akong pamilya diri, dira mi una sa kilid kalsada sa Bangkal nag tukod temporary ug balay apil tinda-tinda aron lang naa tulogan ug makitaan para sa inadlaw namo na pangangailangan. Ang among pag-ari diri bakasakali lang, ug dako kaayo among pasalamat kay diri mi naadto (Before we got a house here, we lived along the road in Bangkal. We set up a small store and a tiny space for sleeping. We went to Davao to try our luck, after Yolanda. We are thankful that we decided to go here)," Bertulfo said.

Julian Larego, 64, who has been confined to a stretcher for several years already, also thanked the City Government. He also thanked the GK, adding that without their assistance, he would never experience a comfortable life.

"We're very much thankful kasi hindi lang naman bahay ang meron kami. Meron din livelihood programs kung saan nabigyan kami ng pagkakataon na magkaroon ng hanapbuhay, talagang pag-bubutihan naming para sa aming sarili at pamilya," Feliciano Timola, 39, who has been on a wheelchair for quiet sometime.

Soo, on the other hand, vowed to continue their partnership with the GK and City Government of Davao for more housing projects to come.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 26, 2014.

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