June 22nd, 2010
By: Rodrigo S. Victoria
photos by Ghavi Anasco<
Naval, Biliran (22 June) – No less than the top official of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the country in the person of Secretary Celia C. Yangco graced the turn-over and blessing ceremony of the Phase-II of the Core Shelter Project in the province of Biliran.
Sec. Yangco who was accompanied by DSWD-8 Regional Director Letecia T. Corillo and other key officials of DSWD-8 personally witnessed the turn-over and blessing ceremony of the 50 housing units located in Sitio San Roque in Barangay Larrazabal, Naval Biliran yesterday.
The new nits are constructed in an almost two hectares lot owned by the provincial government of Biliran. It is situated beside the 100 housing units under the Phase-I of the Core Shelter Project that accommodated families who are victims of typhoon Milenyo in 2006.
Phase-II of the Core Shelter Project is a project jointly funded by the DSWD and the Provincial Government of Biliran aimed at providing decent concrete homes to families residing near the shoreline whose houses were destroyed by typhoon Frank which hit the province sometime in 2008.
Each unit of the Phase-II of the Core Shelter Project which costs P90,000 has a floor area of 5×4 meters. It is designed to withstand a 180 wind velocity and an earthquake with a moderate intensity level.
DSWD has allocated P3.5M for the project while the province of Biliran has allocated P10,700 per housing unit.
Secretary Yangco in her message during a short program at the project site stressed the role of the beneficiaries in the Phase-II of the Core Shelter Project in the development and progress of the new established community they are living at present.
Secretary Yangco pointed out that each member of the community has the obligation to participate in any undertaking geared towards the upliftment of the whole community especially in giving importance to education by sending their children to school.
She also emphasized the cooperation and unity of the families living in the housing project in order to achieve a wholesome and peaceful environment and get involved in productive activities that would help improve their economic life.
The turn-over and blessing ceremony was attended by Biliran Governor and now Congressman-elect Rogelio J. Espina and some department heads in the province of Biliran, Lino Severino, Vocational Administrator of Cabucgayan National School of Arts and Trades (CNSAT) and employees of some national government agencies and local government officials in the province of Biliran. (PIA-Biliran)
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