PH Army donation to buy lot, build homes for Mindanao quake victims

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Army’s fund donation, which was collected from portions of its personnel’s November meal allowances, will be used to buy land where temporary homes will be built for victims of earthquakes in Mindanao.

Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto on Thursday led the turnover of the donated funds, amounting to P9.2 million, to 10th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Jose Faustino, Jr. and Disaster Response Task Force Commander Brig. Gen. Rodolfo Lavadia Jr.

Alberto said the fund will be allotted to purchase an estimated 4.9 hectares of land and materials for the construction of Kobe-type houses.

Each house will cost around P50,000 and can accommodate seven persons.

Soldiers from the 534th Engineer Construction Battalion have built a prototype of the said temporary shelter, he added.

The Philippine Army’s initiative aims to provide support to internally displaced individuals currently staying in evacuation centers, which are mostly schools.

“In these trying times, we are in solidarity with the people of Mindanao. The funds donated will be used to purchase a lot and build one hundred homes where the evacuees can transfer to so that the children can use the schools,” Alberto said in a statement.

He further stated that around 60 percent of houses in Makilala, North Cotabato were destroyed due to earthquakes that struck in October.

Eight out of 38 barangays of the municipality were also declared as “no-build zones” and was recommended by the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (PhilVocS) and the Mines Geosciences Bureau (MGB) as uninhabitable while aftershocks are still recurring.

“Through our donations, we hope that these will somehow uplift the morale of the people. We urge everyone to extend whatever assistance they can in keeping with the Filipino ‘Bayanihan’ spirit,” Alberto said.

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