Former Vice President Leni Robredo’s Angat Buhay has handed over a hundred housing units in Albay to victims of Typhoon Rolly which ravaged the region in 2020.
On Sunday (Aug 14), Robredo visited the Angat Buhay Village in Barangay Mauraro, Guinobatan, Albay to formally turn over 100 houses to the organization’s beneficiaries according to the former VP.
“This was all made possible by bayanihan (civic unity),” Robredo said.
Most of the beneficiaries reportedly lost their homes due to Super Typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni) which mostly hit the Bicol region in November 2020.
“Happy to see that these families have started rebuilding their lives here, after losing their homes to lahar flow during Typhoon Rolly,” Robredo said.
“Parang kailan lang, Day 1 pa lang ng construction, at kasama ako at ang OVP family sa mga nagbuhos ng semento sa mga unang units na bubuuin,”she added.
(It feels like it’s only yesterday, Day 1 of construction, I was joined with the OVP family in pouring cement to the first units built.)
The housing initiative was launched last December 12, 2020, with the help of Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership, C.C. Buencamino Architect, Bicol University, United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) - Elliptical Chapter, UAP - Daraga-Cagsawa Chapter, and JCI Legazpi.
Meanwhile, Joy Rañola-Maravillas, chief of the Guinobatan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, assured all the beneficiaries that the area where the housing project stands is secure.
United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) - Daraga-Cagsawa Chapter, one of the partner organizations of the project, also posted photos of the turnover.
In 2020, the housing project was attacked by “trolls” after Robredo posted mockups of the units so the “partner beneficiaries will have visuals of the actual size of the house.”
“Instead of trolling, baka gusto nilang tumulong nalang silang mag build. Sweat equity lang, yung gastos ng materyales sa amin (maybe you want to help them build their homes. Sweat equity only, we will shoulder expenses for the materials),” Robredo hit back in 2020.
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