Home­less fam­i­lies get own homes

Cebu Daily News - - COMMUNITY - /PR

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The Ramirez fam­ily in their newly blessed house in Barangay Kalu­nasan, Cebu City.

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