Backing the government’s relentless efforts in providing permanent shelters to typhoon Pablo victims, the Philippine Army continues to partner with the Davao Oriental provincial government in helping build permanent homes in the hard-hit towns.
Some 121 houses constructed by the Philippine Army have been recently turned over to beneficiaries in Brgy. Ban-ao in Baganga and Brgy.Alegria in Cateel town.
Commanding Officer of the 544thEngineer Construction Battalion, LTC Eldred Ragpala, said the housing program is a testament of the Philippine Army’s genuine endeavor to help people restore their lives.
Realized through the Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP), the project was a joint effort of the national and provincial governments and the Philippine Army.
The construction was funded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the resettlement site subsidized by the provincial government with the Philippine Army’s 544th Engineer Construction Battalion providing labor in building the houses. Aside from houses, the army’s construction team also helped build schools and other development projects.
About 2,171 houses have already been turned over to beneficiaries in Cateel, Baganga and Boston.
Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon reminded the beneficiaries to keep their communities clean and engage in livelihood projects.(PIO)