JARO, Iloilo City, July 20, 2015 — 132 houses will be the blessed and turned over to survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” (“Haiyan”) on July 29 in Ajuy, in the province of Iloilo, announced the Jaro Archdiocesan Action Center (JASAC).
The official turn over ceremonies on July 29 will start at 8 a.m. with a Eucharistic celebration to be presided over by Jaro Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo.
The housing project called “Caritas Village” consists of 66 duplex houses built on 1.6 hectares of land in Barangay Malayu-an, Ajuy.
Aside from the provisions of shelter, a road network, a water system, children’s playground, a multi-purpose building, and a basketball court, the housing project offers a package of services that includes livelihood programs and ecosystems.
JASAC director Msgr. Meliton Oso, said the project was made possible through the sponsorship of Caritas Austria through Caritas Internationalis, NASSA/Caritas, Philippines, and the Archdiocese of Jaro, through the Jaro Archdiocesan Social Action Center.
The direct recipients of the houses, considered “project-partners” for their active collaboration in the undertaking, will be 132 families whose houses had been totally damaged by typhoon Yolanda and were not allowed by the lot owners to rebuild their houses or whose houses were within 40 meters of a “no-build zone” and have agreed to be relocated, Oso explained.
The least served
The Social Action director said the project-partner families were selected because they were “the most in need but the least served!”
Explaining the significance of “Caritas Village”, the JASAC director said: “One has to understand that after ‘Yolanda’ these people lost not only their homes but also their means of livelihood.”
“It is important to help families regain their livelihood and make their communities function again.”
“We cannot allow these people to be reduced to mendicancy,” he stressed.
Nueva Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, OCD, chairman of NASSA/Caritas Philippines, who will also represent Caritas Internationalis, will be present.
Also expected to come to the turn over ceremonies are the Social Action directors of the nine dioceses that were worst hit by “Yolanda”.
Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor and Mayor Juan R. Alvarez of the Municipality of Ajuy will attend the event, representing the Philippine government.
Several towns in Iloilo province suffered destruction as super-typhoon typhoon Yolanda ripped through Panay Island on Nov. 8, 2013.
The coastal communities in the towns of Estancia, Concepcion, and Ajuy were wiped out by the storm. Other affected towns were Janiuay, Barotac Viejo, Carles, Batad, San Dionisio, San Rafael, Balasan, and Sara, Oso said. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas/CBCPNews)