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A GLIMMER OF HOPE FOR LAGUNA’S URBAN POOR

 

Is it not that a grant of decent shelter would mean the world for families who have been thriving to make ends meet? For families that can only have enough to put food on the table, the assurance that they will still have a roof over their heads at the end of the day could appease their minds from daily life struggles. More than an inspiration, a home could bring hope to families with nothing but the gift of familial bond.

Perhaps it is for this reason that DOLE Calabarzon Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman supports the proposed Magdalena Housing Project with these inspiring words, “poverty need not be a reason to be hopeless.”

A brainchild of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), it was introduced to the Regional Task Force to End Local communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) 4A. This way, there could be an inter-agency collaboration when it comes to providing assistance to the communities. The project intends to benefit members of the urban poor under Sentro-Relokasyon located in the cities of San Pedro and Sta. Rosa.

DOLE 4-A as SUCBEM Cluster Head recommended that NAPC be the  head of the Technical Working Group for launching of the housing project with commitment to provide support in terms of livelihood and employment programs.

DOLE for its part will facilitate livelihood assistance to relocatees under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program. It helps families start up livelihood undertakings to augment income for their daily needs. More likely, it could aid families in settling down after the relocation process.

A preliminary meeting was conducted on 10 November 2020 attended by representatives of the NPAC, DILG, MLGU, barangay officials, PNP, contractor and several residents. The proposed project site is located in Bgry. Burlungan, Magdalena, Laguna. Construction plans have already been laid down by the contractor in anticipation of the proposed housing project.

The proposed project is a glimmer of hope for the beneficiaries that one prospective resident exclaimed,

“Halos wala na po  kami pag asa. Dahil sa covid na yan ay  mahirap kumita ng pera para sa pang araw-araw na gastusin tapos problema pa ang tirahan. Magandang balita po ito sa amin na may pabahay.”

With 1800 proposed beneficiaries, there is a huge responsibility hanging over the shoulders of the inter-agency team determined to combat poverty through collaboration of government assistance.

By:

Rudyboy R. Sinay
Senior LEO/LIO
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2021-04-08
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