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Priest spearheads ‘homeless project’

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MANILA, Aug. 22, 2016 – A priest leads a project to build a community for homeless people and to provide them with livelihood in a coastal town in Rizal.

Fr. Dari Dioquino, assistant priest at Immaculate Concepcion parish in Marikina, is raising funds to acquire a seven-hectare land in Jala-Jala where the community will rise.

A portion of the seven-hectare land will be developed into a farm where community residents will grow crops, explained the priest.

‘Self-sustaining’

According to the Dioquino, the homeless will be rehabilitated and taught farming knowledge and skills to become self-sustaining.

The residents will also undergo other trainings not related to farming to increase their livelihood opportunities, said the priest.

Dioquino, his supporters, parishioners and friends are also hoping the community can become an ecotourism destination.

Some Php100, 000 has been raised so far to purchase the land, which is being sold at Php25/square meter. More funds will be needed to finance the construction of community structures.

According to the priest, the community will welcome homeless people from different parts of the country as long as its capacity to accommodate residents allows.

More than dole-outs

Dioquino noted the community will provide shelter and livelihood regardless of age, gender, and religious belief.

Doling out foods, clothes, money, and compassion to the destitute does not address their homelessness, he said. These people need assistance to have a decent life, which requires shelter, rehabilitation, education, and livelihood.

Dioquino was instrumental in the construction of Kanlungan ni Maria – Home for the Aged’s own building, where he served as priest-in-charge for over a decade, in Antipolo. (Oliver Samson / CBCPNews)


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