Holcim, Brgy. Ilang in P72M urban poor housing project

URBAN POOR HOUSING. Barangay Ilang head Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, 2nd from left, leads signing ceremonies for the P72 million urban poor housing project in Barangay Ilang on a P54 million 3-hectare lot donated by Holcim Philippines.
URBAN POOR HOUSING. Barangay Ilang head Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, 2nd from left, leads signing ceremonies for the P72 million urban poor housing project in Barangay Ilang on a P54 million 3-hectare lot donated by Holcim Philippines.

ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-NINE families living in a high-risk area in Barangay Ilang in Davao City are moving soon to a P72 million 3-hectare urban poor housing project.

     The project is a joint undertaking of Holcim Philippines, Barangay Ilang, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Davao City Social Service Development Office (CSSDO).

     Beneficiaries of the project located in Barangay Ilang on the 3-hectare lot worth P54 million donated by Holcim  are members of the Pag-asa Ilang Homeowners Association, Inc., (PIHOAI), whose houses dotted the flood-prone river bank of Ilang River.

     The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), Deed of Donation and Ground Breaking were jointly held on September 9, 2015 attended by the participating government agencies, Holcim officials and PIHOAI members.

     This project is our commitment to help develop communities where we operate as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, said Eduardo Sahagun, Holcim chief executive officer. Holcim, the country’s largest cement producer operates a plant in Barangay Ilang.

     This a demonstration of the sincerity of the Davao City government and Barangay Ilang to respond to the need for housing of the homeless urban poor, said Barangay Captain Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, a former Davao City Council member who chaired the Committee on Housing and Urban Development and authored the landmark Davao City Shelter Code.

The beneficiaries trained for house-building skills by TESDA would themselves build the houses under a cash-for-work scheme paid out by DSWD and Barangay Ilang.

     Under the MOA, Holcim among others would donate the land in the project that is the biggest CSR undertaking of the cement giant and provide an P8M fund for land development and skills training for the beneficiaries.

     For its part, DSWD would provide funding of about P12 million for the construction of the houses and the cash-for work scheme.

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