ILOILO – To revive their lives after the tragedy, survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Ajuy received new houses, engines and other construction materials for their pump boats on Tuesday.
The projects were part of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Service (KALAHI-CIDSS), a community-driven development project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Iloilo’s Adopt-a-Fisherman Program.
The housing units situated in a flood-prone area were built for ten indigent families in Barangay Rojas, Ajuy. The engines and materials for the pump boats, on the other hand, were distributed to 35 fishermen.
Rojas Punong Barangay Bertito Amante thanked the DSWD, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. and Ajuy Mayor Juan Alvarez for their help in bringing to reality the projects they have been asking for.
One of the recipients of the core shelter project, Jocelyn Amante, also expressed her gratitude to the chief executives for giving them typhoon-resistant houses.
“Salamat guid sa inyo kay may bag-o kag mapag-on na kami nga balay. Sigurado nga mahamuok na sini ang amon tulog (Thank you very much for we now have new and strong houses. We can now sleep soundly at night),” Amante said.
Meanwhile, the governor warned the beneficiaries of Adopt-a-Fisherman from selling the pump boats. “If we will discover that you sold your pump boats, we will get it from you,” he said.
Defensor and his wife Cosette, Vice Governor Raul Tupas, and Ajuy Mayor Juan Alvarez also led the deployment of artificial coral reefs costing P558,840 in Barangay Rojas and inauguration of Culasi National High School’s new classroom buildings in Barangay Culasi, Ajuy. #2014News