A total of 165 families, who were displaced by lahar flooding in Albay’s Daraga and Guinobatan, were given new homes by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).

Not too long ago, the humanitarian organization handed the certificate of occupancy to the beneficiaries, who lost their homes due to the eruption of the Mayon Volcano and lahar flooding that occurred in Albay. The volcano erupted back in 2018 while the flooding occurred in 2020.

The houses, which cost P200,000 each to build, are located at Bubulusan, Guinobatan. The site has been checked and assessed – deemed safer compared to the beneficiaries’ previous places of dwelling.

Besides new homes, the recipients were also given P10,000 in cash aid to help them jumpstart their livelihoods.

According to PRC, they partnered with local government units (LGUs) in Albay, which includes the Albay Provincial Human Settlement office and the Provincial Engineering Office, to realize the housing project.

They also collaborated with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Canadian Red Cross, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, British Embassy, Thai Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross, Singapore Red Cross, and online donors.

PRC Chairman Richard Gordon Sr. said the organization wanted to help people get back up again, which is why they prioritized the search for a suitable and safe relocation site.

“Gusto natin makabangon kaagad ang tao. Sabi ko nga kay Governor Bichara, kailangan ko ng lote na malaki, na pwede paglagyan ng mga tao,” he said.

“At dali-dali naman, umaksyon na kaagad si Governor Bichara. At ngayon, nalagay na natin dun ‘yung mga bahay para sa mga pamilyang nawalan ng tahanan dahil sa lahar na dulot ng Super Typhoon Rolly at Mt. Mayon eruption,” Gordon added.

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