Monday, April 14, 2014

DSWD-Bicol, Sorsogon provincial gov’t turn over core shelters to 82 4Ps beneficiaries

LEGAZPI CITY, April 11 (PNA) -– Eighty-two Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries in two villages of Sorsogon province who are recipients of the Core Shelter Assistance Project could not hide their happiness while each of them held a small piece of paper during the inauguration and turnover of core shelter units recently, Department of Social Welfare and Development Bicol Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia said on Friday.

“The small piece of paper represents a very important possession in each beneficiary’s life -- the certificate of completion and occupancy,” Garcia explained.

It gives them the go-signal to live in the newly built core shelter units donated by the DSWD and the provincial government of Sorsogon, he added.

According to Robert Lee, provincial administrator, the Sorsogon LGU has provided electric power in each relocation site and will also work out for the installation of water system.

Lee added that they also purchased the lot where the shelter units are constructed.

“What is noteworthy is that it is the first in Bicol and in entire country where a provincial LGU spearheads the implementation of the Core Shelter Assistance Project. Normally, it is the municipal LGU that leads its implementation,” Garcia claimed.

According to Sonia G. Mirasol, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development officer, the province, through Governor Raul Lee, completed and turned over about 200 units, among which are the 82 units awarded -- 30 in Talisayan, Prieto Diaz, and 52 in Salvacion, Irosin – both in Sorsogon province.

There are 100 units in Prieto Diaz whose construction is still on-going, Mirasol added.

Garcia explained that the core shelter project is provided to indigent families who were rendered homeless due to disaster.

The core shelter, he claimed, is structurally strong and environment friendly which can withstand 180-220 kph wind velocity, intensified four earthquakes, flooding and similar hazard.

It is a restoration and rehabilitation strategy that uses wash teams to provide laborers in the construction.

The recipients of the project are those staying along the coastal areas and river banks that are vulnerable to typhoon and flooding, the DSWD official said. (PNA) LAP/FGS/EMC/CBD/utb