Home­less fam­i­lies re­ceive own houses

The Freeman - - COMMUNITY -

“Mali­payon ko nga ang among pam­ilya mag­puyo na gyud sa usa ka balay. Among kau­galin­gong balay. Sa una man gud, se­menteryo ra gyud ang nahimo na­mong pinuy-anan (I am happy that our fam­ily will now live in a real house. Our very own house. Car­reta ceme­tery used to be our dwelling place),” a beam­ing and happy Ar­lene F. Ramirez shared her story.

Ar­lene, 32, 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 as she knows that grave­yards are not con­ducive places for rais­ing chil­dren.

Ar­lene is one of the 20 Mod­i­fied Con­di­tional Cash Trans­fer (MCCT) part­ner-ben­e­fi­cia­ries who now own a de­cent home in Barangay Kalu­nasan, Cebu City.

Through the MCCT, the Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD) Field Of­fice VII 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 Oper­a­tions Grace Q. Subong could not con­tain her hap­pi­ness see­ing the 20 part­ner-ben­e­fi­cia­ries oc­cupy the house they rented through the sub­sidy from MCCT.

ARDO Subong thanked Pag­tam­bayay­ong Foun­da­tion, Inc. for help­ing DSWD achieve its goal in ad­dress­ing the prob­lems on street-dwelling home­less fam­i­lies and help 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.

The 20 MCCT part­ner-ben­e­fi­cia­ries have now the op­por­tu­nity to own the house which were con­structed by the Pag­tam­bayay­ong Foun­da­tion, Inc. pur­posely for them.

Pag­tam­bayay­ong Foun­da­tion, Inc. also teach them how to make chorizo in or­der to aug­ment their in­come.

“Karon nga aduna na mi kau­galin­gon balay, pan­ingkamotan namo sa akong bana nga ma­pa­dayon kini aron dili na mi moba­lik sa se­menteryo (Now that we have our own house, my hus­band and I, have to strive hard to be able to con­tinue pay­ing the house rental to en­sure we no longer go back to the ceme­tery),” ex­pressed Ar­lene.

Ar­lene jug­gles work and fam­ily. She makes and sells rugs, and is now learn­ing how to make chorizo to aug­ment the fam­ily in­come.

Her hus­band works in a com­pany as roof in­staller but his in­come could not sup­port the needs of the fam­ily. They have four chil­dren who all go to school.

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