By Ma. Nila O. Argel, PIA 1, Ilocos Sur
STO. DOMINGO, Ilocos Sur — The 20-unit Pabahay Project in the village of Napo, Santo Domingo is now ready for occupancy.
Mayor Amado Tadena said seven months after its ground breaking and awarding ceremony in August last year, the houses come with a kitchen and toilet-bath and an option for owners to install partitions for private rooms. Each unit covers a floor area of 20 sq. meters.
The local government partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to support the program.
Fe Valencia, municipal social Welfare development Officer, said at least 20 beneficiaries were chosen from the poor sector and who do not own homes and are merely living with relatives.
She added some beneficiaries were also chosen from a community which lost their homes due to the destructive typhoon Feria in 2009.
Through the Cash for Work Program, the DSWD provided assistance worth P378,000 for the site development, P111,600 for labor and P405,000 for the project’s completion.
The DSWD Core Shelter Assistance Program awarded each beneficiary at least P70,000 for materials or a total of 1.4 Million for the 20 beneficiaries.
The local government donated the lot with an area of 1500 sq. meters worth P327,250 and materials for back filling and concreting of pathway and canal costing P220,000.
After the completion of the project, the beneficiaries are expected to improve the area through greening, beautification and keeping the surroundings clean.#