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More temporary shelters turned over to Tulunan earthquake victims

more temporary shelters turned over to tulunan earthquake victims - More temporary shelters turned over to Tulunan earthquake victims

TWO MORE temporary shelters were turned over last week to families affected by the October earthquakes in Tulunan, Cotabato and another one is scheduled on Wednesday under the adopt-a-home program. The three latest houses were sponsored by the National Movement of Young Legislators (NMYL). “These young legislators of NMYL are getting real and engaging about climate change and disaster,” Vice Governor Emmylou T. Mendoza told BusinessWorld. Another nine shelters donated by Cotabato Provincial Board Member Shirlyn Macasarte-Villanueva, also the focal person of the program, are scheduled to be completed soon. Ms. Mendoza said construction materials are also ready for the 35 units donated by a group of lawyers and friends from Davao. “Dina-dahan-dahan lang namin kasi mahirap mag-stock ng materials (We are pacing it because it is difficult to put the materials on stock),” she said, noting that the labor for the project is through volunteers from the community and various sectors. The military assists in transporting the materials as well as in the construction. Ms. Mendoza said the program’s scheme expedites the construction process. “Government has all the resources but delay in intervention is apparent because of the procurement process. Hence, this is initiative of bayanihan in the form of labor or materials,” she said. An initial 40 shelters already have sponsors and the program is targeting to set up at least 100. The beneficiaries can stay at their shelters until the National Housing Authority is able to deliver houses in permanent relocation sites. — Maya M. Padillo

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