A NEW and safe temporary shelter was built by the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) for a couple of senior citizens living in a “barong-barong” (shanty) on Aug. 25, 2020.
This, after MCPO information officer Police Maj. Mercy Villaro saw the couple living in a shanty made of tarpaulins while they were patrolling in Sitio Lapyahan, Brgy. Labogon, Mandaue City.
The couple was identified as Yolly Condeno, 60, and Gener Condeno, 72. Both of them are natives of Mandaue City.
Yolly and Gener have three children but all of them have their own families.
Villaro said the couple has no source of income and Gener just wanders around the city and begs for food or asks from their neighbors.
The couple was one of the victims of the fire in Mandaue City in 2017. The Condenos are staying in Sitio Lapyahan until they will be provided with a relocation site.
According to Villaro, through their project “Adopt a Family,” they were able to build a temporary home for the couple.
In their past project, they would only provide food for consumption and other household necessities to their beneficiaries. This is the first time that they have built a house.
Because the couple is an informal settler, the MCPO is coordinating with the barangay for its project.
They hired a carpenter to lead the construction of the house, while 12 police officers offered help.
Villaro said the cost of materials to build the house amounted to P18,000 and the money spent on the project came from the prize won by the MCPO as the “Best City
Police Office” at the 119th Police Service Anniversary.
When the police officers were still constructing the house, the couple lived with their neighbor who was willing to give them shelter for one night while the house was still being completed.
The construction of the simple house took two days, Aug.25-26.
Villaro said they also made a bed for the couple.
They also found out that Yolly had a stroke and could not walk. Villaro said they have planned to give her a wheelchair.
While in the area, the police officers also conducted a small feeding program wherein they gave out porridge to the residents.
Villaro said this is their way of showing people that if they have received abundant blessings, they should also share it to others in need. / KFD