Tent City – Red Cross to build 1,000 homes on Jesuit land

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The new year is expected to bring hope and new homes to some 1,000 families displaced by Tropical Storm “Sendong,” with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) offering them the opportunity to literally rebuild their lives.

“It will be a family to a house which they themselves will help build,” PRC secretary general Gwendolyn Pang said Saturday. The evacuees need not spend for their new homes which are expected to rise in six months.

On Thursday, PRC chairman Richard Gordon and Xavier University chairman Elpidio Paras led the groundbreaking rites at the resettlement site. Gordon said it was the first partnership between the private sector and the PRC in building homes for families displaced by Sendong.

Gordon said the Red Cross would build 1,000 shelters, initially, as soon as the land was ready with basic services and provision for livelihood.

Pang pointed out that each single detached house, with an area of 24 square meters, would sit on a 40-to 50-sq. m lot on a 5-hectare property in Barangay (village) Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro, donated under usufruct rights by the Jesuit-owned Xavier University.

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