Yolanda survivors to occupy SM houses soon  


ILOILO – Homeless survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) will soon get the keys to their calamity-resistant houses in Barangay Bacjauan Sur, Concepcion.

Provincial Administrator Raul Banias said SM Cares, the charitable arm of retail giant SM, will turn over their 200 newly constructed houses to the typhoon survivors on August 4.  

Built above the requirements of the Building Code and other mandated standards, the project is part of SM’s donation for survivors whose houses were completely destroyed and were still living in no-build zones or areas prone to landslide and storm surge.

Each house is reported to have 5,000 psi pre-cast walls and roofs that can withstand winds and strength of a Category 5 super typhoon without any major material damages.

The roofs use heat-resistant paint to lower interior temperatures and increase energy efficiency. The windows and doors have aluminum frames and PVC for high resistance to corrosion, chipping, discoloration and other severe conditions.

Aside from Iloilo, SM Cares Village was likewise built in Barangays Polambato, Bogo City in Cebu (200 houses) and in Concepcion, Ormoc City (200 houses) and New Kawayan, Tacloban City (400 houses), all in Leyte.

Banias said the beneficiaries who will get the houses for free will be very happy to occupy the units knowing that they can soon live safely and comfortably.

Following the turning over of houses, SM Foundation, in partnership with Jaro Archdiocesan Social Action Center, will implement programs to help sustain the project.

These programs include additional livelihood, accessibility to safe and reliable water supply and values formation pursuant to Catholic teachings.

SM Prime Holdings Inc. Vice President Marissa N. Fernan signed the Memorandum of Agreement with JASAC Director Rev. Msgr. Meliton Oso in a ceremony held in Diversion 21 Hotel on July 14, 2015.

It was signed before Banias, Helen Roa of Caritas Intenacionales Program, Lot Donor Ruth Tirol-Jarantilla, and Concepcion Mayor Millard Villanueva. This added component to the housing project has a budget of P3-million.

Based on the agreement, SM will provide the market for the livelihood projects made by the typhoon survivors.

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