Homeless families get own homes
Twenty families who are partner-beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT)programnowhavetheir own homes in Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City.
“I am happy that we now live in our own house. Before, Carreta cemetery used to be our dwelling place),” said Arlene Ramirez, 32, of the 20 MCCT beneficiaries.
Arlene recalled that she was two years old when her parents made the graveyard their home. Having a family of her own and watching her children grow, she promised to herself that one day, she will find a decent home for her children.
The MCCT has provided rent subsidy for a maximum of P4,000 per month up to 12 months.
During the house blessing, DSWD-7 Assistant Regional Director for Opera- tions Grace Subong could not contain her happiness seeing the 20 partner-beneficiaries occupy the house they rented through the subsidy from MCCT.
Subong thanked Pagtambayayong Foundation Inc. for helping the DSWD achieve its goal in addressing the problems on streetdwelling homeless families and helping them rise from their situation with dignity by giving them the opportunity to change their lives.
Pagtambayayong Foundation, Inc., whose mission is to provide low-cost housing to the underprivileged, agreed for a rent-to-own scheme for a pilot of 20 beneficiaries.
Pagtambayayong also taught the beneficiaries how to make chorizo to augment their income.
Arlene juggles work and family. She makes rugs, tries to make chorizo and takes care of their four children who are all in school.
The Ramirez family in their newly blessed house in Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City.