January 25, 2011 – President NoyNoy Aquino (PNoy) ones again visited Cagayan de Oro after Typhoon Sendong devastatingly hit some areas in the City. This time to lead the inauguration of the Calaanan relocation site in this city.
President Aquino presented the first four families (beneficiaries) of the housing project. A model quadruplex (four housing units) was constructed at the site by the Habitat for Humanity.
1,400 houses with 1,600 families as recipients is expected to rise in this 12.4-hectare relocation site. These families are temporarily housed in evacuation centers awaiting for the projects completion.
This relocation site is a joint project of the Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD), National Housing Authority (NHA), city government of Cagayan de Oro (CDO), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP).
From left: President Benigno S. Aquino III, DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, Vice President Jojo Binay and Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano during the inauguration of the Calaanan Relocation Site this afternoon. (Photo by Roland Ramos)
With all the support from both private and non-profit organizations, the Habitat for Humanity Philippines aims to 6,000 homes in CDO in six (6) months where 2,500 of these will be coming from San Miguel Corporation.
On a brief interview HFHP CEO and Managing Director Charlie Ayco has this to say. “We commit to build not just homes but also communities where families can live safely and securely. We share the vision of our partners in rebuilding the lives of affected families. We envision a community wherein they live in a clean, green and safe place where they are empowered to organize themselves for development and progress. This is what we call a community-led change”
Meanwhile in President Aquino’s speech, he assured the people that the free housing units to be distributed to the typhoon victims are just part of the Aquino administration’s unyielding efforts to bring back to normal the lives of the people living in the area.