City Mayor Vicente Emano made it clear that the construction of houses in the Calaanan Relocation site at Calaanan shall be expedited, and continuous turn over of the units to the Sendong affected families shall be made as soon as units are completed.
This, after the successful ceremonial turn over of the first four (4) completed houses to the beneficiaries during the visit of President Benigno Aquino III in the city last January 25.
“Not only shall we add more houses, but the turn over to the beneficiaries shall be continuous, henceforth. Every house unit that is completed shall be raffled off to make the distribution fair” said the mayor.
He asked the beneficiaries to refrain from scrambling for ownership as everyone shall eventually be given a unit each.
During the visit of President Aquino, the following were handed the keys to the first four completed units: Claudio Go, Fortunata Jaca, Virginia Valdehueza and Lourdes Mata, all from Tibasak, Macasandig. Go, representing the first four families who were given house units, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the government.
“Right now, I feel both joyful and sad. Sad, because of the calamity that took away some of our loved ones. But, I am happy because of the quick assistance that we received from our government,” said Go.
President Aquino, on the other hand, thanked the local government for its efforts at providing permanent relocation for the Sendong victims. He also thanked other government agencies such as the DSWD, DOH, DPWH, NHA, the volunteers, NGOs, multi-sectoral groups, and several others.
Charlito Aico, managing director of Habitat For Humanity, also expressed his gratitude to the people of city for the trust the Kagay-anons gave them.
“It’s not you who should thank us. We, of the Oro Habitat, should be the ones to thank you for giving us the opportunity to help. Thank you for trusting us,” added Aico.
It is estimated that the houses which are currently undergoing construction in Calaanan will all be completed within 3 months.