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Growing bigger and better
Villa Olivia now at 240 household units
Since its first phase in 2009, the Villa Olivia Core Shelter Housing Program is continuously expanding its beneficiaries as it now features a total of 240 household units erected after the inauguration of the fourth phase last July 4.
According to Mr. Santos B. Sunico, Head of Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO), the inauguration this year, featuring 100 units marks the highest number of household erected in its phases since the program started.
Started with 30 households in 2009, the housing project gradually expanded upon the construction of additional ......
“…and now, [this year] we have additional 100 units which are formally awarded to our beneficiaries during the inauguration,” the MSWDO head said.
Construction kicking off in 2015, the 100 units are given to indigent residents of the municipality, typhoon victims, considered informal settlers and those greatly affected by road widening project along Magapit roads and intersections.
Meanwhile, Sunico said that as part of the program, the office [MSWDO] ventures on community organizing procedures along with other initiatives facilitating the development of social perspective for and of the beneficiaries.
“…there are now some beneficiaries provided with livelihood projects and family enterprises, along with the training given to a group venturing on the “Rice-Veggie Noodles” whose main outlet are the Day Care Centers of the municipality for their supplementary feeding program for children,” Sunico averred.
He also reported that a Day Care Service Program is maintained at the site to cater educational needs of the children in the place.
Taking charge on the over-all flow of the housing project, the MSWDO assigned one permanent staff to monitor daily activities aside from department head, Sunico conducting monitoring himself every Saturday.
“There is a staff in the site daily but when I’m free at the office I visit there aside from monitoring activities I do during Saturdays,” he said.
Explaining the counterpart of the other agencies in the project, he said the municipal engineering office takes charge on the engineering requirements, and the labor requirement is shouldered by the beneficiaries themselves.
“We practice ‘Bayanihan System’ where beneficiaries collectively work to construct the units,” he clarified.
When asked further about the development plan of the project, Sunico declared, the construction of Production Center under the Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BUB Project) is in progress.
“The construction of permanent Day Care Center, Multi-Purpose Hall and Children’s playground are also some of the future realizations we have,” he disclosed.
The Villa Olivia Core Shelter project is a product of joint undertaking of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Local Government Unit of Lal-lo. #jencolumna