April 21, 2015 Jemin B. Guillermo
ROXAS CITY, Capiz, April 21 (PIA) – Seventy completed core shelters were turned over by the UN Habitat and Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman to residents of Roxas City.
According to Leah Joy Alba of UN Habitat Roxas City Office Knowledge Management Junior Officer, Soliman together with UN Habitat Project Manager Warren Ubongen handed over the certificates to household partners in the three Home Owners Associations.
Soliman was the guest of honor during the formal opening, April 10, of the seven-day Capiztahan festival in Capiz.
The UN Habitat post-Yolanda support for safer homes and settlements project to Capiceños has the funding support of the government of Japan and DSWD, she said.
Alba said that of the 70 core shelters that were turned over to the associations, 26 of which are for the Mercedes D. Panganiban Home Owners Association, Inc in barangay Baybay, Roxas City, 23 for the RJ Medalla Milagrosa HOAI also of the same barangay and 21 for Ramon Dinglasan Estate HOAI in Libas, Roxas City.
In her message, Soliman lauded the active participation of the community in building their homes with the UN Habitat.
She cited that the community, particularly the project beneficiaries, took part in all the stages in building their homes from the planning up to the implementation of said plan.
Soliman likewise congratulated the people for their energetic and determination to recover from the onslaught of supertyphoon Yolanda that heavily affected the people here.
For the shelter beneficiaries, RJ Medalla Milagrosa HOAI President Juan Higo expressed their sincerest thanks and appreciation to the DSWD, Japan government and the UN Habitat for helping them to have their own home again.
Present during the event were Baybay Barangay Captain Reynaldo Magallanes, Ramon Dinglasan Estate HOAI President Delia Romualdo, Mercedes D. Panganiban HOAI President Leony Aguilar and the project beneficiaries. (JCM/JBG/PIA6-Capiz)