2.02.2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Butuan Habitat homepartners share beautiful memories as beneficiaries

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 2 (PIA) – In time with the 14th anniversary celebration of the Butuan Habitat for Humanity Inc. (BHFHI) on Saturday held at the Lucky Village Covered in Barangay Ambago of this city, two of its homepartners openly shared their beautiful memories as beneficiaries of the houses built by the BHFHI.

Ailyn Morales, one of the homepartners of the BHFHI recalled that it was in the year 2006 where she lost her husband and felt hopeless thinking that she was jobless that time and has children to feed.

“It’s not that easy to raise kids alone especially if you are jobless. During that time, we were also renting a house, so what i did, i joined into different sidelines to cope up with our daily living and hoped that someday i'll be able to save more money for us to have our own house,” relayed Morales.

Morales further bared that when she heard of the BHFHI, it changed her life as her application for a house grant was approved by the organization. "I'm very proud to be one of the homepartners of Butuan Habitat and as member of the Lopez Habitat Homeowners Association in Km. 3, Brgy. Baan," she added.

Another homepartner, Danilo Yee shared that 14 years ago was the time when he acquired his own house being one of the first beneficiaries.  He also recalled how he and his family felt devastated when their first house was razed by fire. “We may have lost our house and properties but still I am very thankful that I still have my family and we now enjoy living in the house built for us by the Butuan Habitat,” he stressed.

"I am privileged to have been fully involved in the process of building a house. It's not all about the physical structure but building relationships with our neighborhood," he remarked. (VLG/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD-13 continues to augment relief assistance to Agaton, Basyang-affected LGUs

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 2 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga continues to augment relief assistance to local government units (LGUs) in the region that were affected by the Tropical Depression ‘Agaton’ few weeks ago, and also those affected by the recent Tropical Storm ‘Basyang’.

According to the agency’s regional information officer Theresa Barsobia, as of 4:00 p.m. on January 31, the DSWD-Caraga Field Office has extended a total augmentation assistance of 73,640 family relief packs to Agaton-affected LGUs with the total amount of P21,236,845.27 including the P3,000,000.00 augmented by the DSWD-XI.

As of 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Barsobia bared that out of 114 evacuation centers opened in the affected provinces due to TS Basyang, 47 of which are already closed. “The other remaining evacuation centers which are still open are closely being monitored by the field office,” she added.

Also, the DSWD-Caraga Field Office is ready to augment to provinces in the region that has been affected by the recent TS Basyang. Up to this time, the Quick Response Team is still on duty for its 24-hour monitoring.

As mandated, the DSWD continue to perform its mission to develop, implement and coordinate social protection and poverty reduction solutions for and with the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)