Landslide victims receive houses from contested government lot

“Tungod han aton paniguro, aton gugma, gintindigan naton an pag-purchase hini nga tuna.”

This was the echoing statement of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan during the turn-over and house blessing last November 30, 2018 of the Gawad Kalinga resettlement project at Barangay Payao for the landslide victims of Barangay Mercedes.

Thirty (30) units of row houses were officially turned-over, which was made possible through the generous donation and support of Berjaya Group and Gawad Kalinga along with the volunteer hours shared by various individuals, organizations, agencies, partners and supporters during the series of Heroes Build “Bayanihan Challenge” at the contested lot.

“Para sa mga pamilya, sana po alagaan natin ang biyayang binigay ng Maykapal, palaguin natin ang mga bahay, ipakita natin ang bayanihan para mas marami pa tayong matulungan,” as shared by Kevin Caballero who is the GK Visayas Island Head.

The president of the resettlement area encouraged all beneficiaries to be grateful and thankful as he shared “An karuyag ko la, deri mahingalimtan an mga tawo nga bumulig matukod ini nga resettlement project”.

Although it took nearly four (4) years since the landslide last December 2014 at Barangay Mercedes, the city had to go through legal processes for the purchase of the now contested lot.

Location of the resettlement project is at Barangay Payao where ongoing construction are being done for the city’s evacuation centers; Bahay Pag-asa for children in conflict with the law; the new location of the Deped, Division of Catbalogan City and the new site of the Eastern Visayas Regional Science High School (EVRSHS); an infirmary clinic; a blood bank; and several infrastructure projects funded by various national agencies.

Mayor Step further shared that “Ini gusto ko ioffer ngadto han mga nawara, han ira kawara, ira ginhingyap ngan an mabibilin amo in mahingangadto ha maupay nga kamutangan ngan unta malipayon na hira nga an ira mga pamilya nahipamutang na ha mga maupay nga mga panimalay.”

(Article by Ador Hurtado)

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