Nearly three years ago (December 16, 2011), Cagayan de Oro was put in a state of emergency due to the devastation typhoon Sendong (international name: Washi) brought to the city. Thousands of families lost their homes and loved ones. Now 3 years after, a lot of survivors (families) now live in relocation areas trying to start over again.
Xavier Ecoville is among those resettlement communities where survivors are working hard to have their lives back by making a living through various livelihood projects supported by Ateneo de Cagayan University, donors and valued partners. This self-sustaining designed community is located in Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City.
Recently, PagBAG-o Project (Pagbag-o is a Visayan word that means Change) is launched aiming to give everyone a chance to change the lives of the Sendong survivors in Xavier Ecoville. PagBAG-o Project is a livelihood initiative of the Xavier Ecoville Multipurpose Cooperative’s sewing enterprise. It is a creative collaboration between the housewives who produce the bags and the Xavier University students and alumni who make the designs. It features customizable prints allowing groups and individuals to express their thoughts through the PagBAG-o Project’s sturdy and stylish products.
Buy these bags to support the Typhoon Sendong Survivors in rebuilding their lives. You can buy their bags for as low as P125 and they also accept bulk orders. If you are looking for Christmas giveaways/gifts, a personalized bag by them is a great idea! You may visit them at H-3B Miranda Building, Chaves St. Cagayan de Oro City. You may also contact them via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call them at 09353709448.
Tent City which is located in Calaanan is now fully occupied with hundreds of Sendong survivors who have lost their homes when Typhoon Sendong ravaged some areas in Cagayan de Oro City.
With the number of tents already pitched at Calaanan, it is still not enough to accommodate those who needs to be relocated as there are still families taking shelter in evacuation centers (School Gymnasiums, School Grounds and Brgy. Gymnasiums and Halls). Thanks to Shelter Box and Rotary Club International Tent City 2 will be up soon! Through the tents they donated, families who are still living at gymnasiums will be relocated as soon as they are all up. A shelter of their own while waiting for the completion of the housing project for them hopefully by March.
Shelter Box and Rotary Club International allocated 500 tents for Tent City 2 which is located few meters away from Tent City 1. The tents are not all up yet to date. They need all the volunteers they can get to have all those tents pitched and ready to live. Volunteers from All Hands are helping out with few volunteers from CDO and some who just flew there way here to assist.
Putting up one tent will take 4-5 people to complete it
The inside of the tent, needs someone with mighty height to attach it. Sam from All Hands, selflessly gave his time and effort to help CDO. This child is a resident of Calaanan who also had fun helping in his own little way.
All Hands Volunteers (Jess, Jane & Pete) and some CDO peeps who helped putting up tents
As mentioned, Tent City 2 is still not complete. Over 250 tents are yet to be setup and Shelter Box needs more volunteers to expedite the process. Please leave your comments and email or fb if you want to help this Saturday.
President NoyNoy Aquino during the inauguration of the Calaanan Relocation Site for the Victims of Typhoon Sendong (International Name: Washi) in Cagayan de Oro. Beside him is DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman.
The President said that the national government, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in cooperation with the National Housing Authority and the private sector, has allocated some 200 million pesos for the building of permanent houses for the typhoon victims
Below is the speech of President NoyNoy during his second visit in Cagayan de Oro today to lead the inauguration of the relocation site in Calaanan, Barangay Canito-an.
Gaya po ng ipinangako ng inyong gobyerno, matapos humagupit ang bagyong “Sendong” hindi natin hahayaang tuluyan kayong malugmok sa pagdurusa at kagipitan…. Mahigit isang buwan po ang nakalipas, nagtitipon tayo ngayon upang saksihan ang konkretong hakbang ng inyong pamahalaan upang tulungan ang mga nasalanta ng bagyo bIlang pagpapahalaga sa inyong tiwala at pagiging totoo sa aming mga binitawang salita.
Titiyakin natin sa relokasyong ito, hindi mapapatid ang suporta ng inyong pamahalaan sa pagkakaloob ng mga kabuhayan at paghubog sa inyong magandang kinabukasan…talaga naman pong nakakamit natin ang tagumpay sa pagtutulungan ng pamahalaan at ng pribadong sector.
Gamit ang DSWD Quick Response Fund… agad tayong naglaan ng mahigit dalawandaang milyong piso sa pagpapatayo ng permanenteng bahay sa Calaanan, nariyan din ang pag-agapay ng National Housing Authority at Habitat for Humanity upang tulungan ang mahigit walong libong pamilya na makapagtayo ng mga tahanan sa Lumbia, Balulang, Gusa, Idahag at Villanueva Misamis Oriental
Bukod pa rito, tinututukan na rin natin ang pagsasaayos ng mga inprastrakturang winasak ng bagyong Sendong, tuloy-tuloy din po ang paghahatid natin sa inyo ng mga pangunahing pangangailangan para maibalik sa normal ang inyong komunidad
Umpisa pa lamang po ito, iyong mga problema sa mga ilog po natin na talagang mabababaw na, nakaplano na po at gagawin na po ang mga imprastraktura tulad ng tinatawag na Sabo dam para talagang mabawasan yung dalubsok ng mga baha sa mga darating na panahon.
Paalala ko lang po, matuto na sana tayo sa ating mga kamalian at mga pagkukulang… huwag na sana tayong maging pasaway sabi nga ng iba… sumunod tayo sa ating mga kinauukulan sa panahon ng kalamidad at agarang lumikas sa banta ng sakuna
Inaasahan ko din sa mga pinuno na huwag nating kunsintihin ang mga katigasan ng ulo ng iilan ng kanilang sinasakupan.
Local government officials including Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. “Dongkoy” Emano, Representative Rufus Rodriguez and Charlito Ayco, Managing Director & CEO of Habitat for Humanity Philippines were present during the inauguration.