By Raymund Antonio
The Office of the Vice President is taking advantage of the summer season to complete the construction of 60 transitional shelters for the families displaced by the Marawi siege.
Vice President Ma. Leonor (Leni) Robredo disclosed the Angat Village is set to be inaugurated before the country’s celebration of its Independence Day on June 12.
“Hinahabol natin iyong construction ngayon na habang mainit para ‘pag… bago mag tag-ulan nakalipat na sila,” Robredo, a lawyer and former housing chief, said.
The village, situated in Barangay Sagonsongan, will feature 60 temporary houses affected by the armed conflict in Marawi. These will be built with a health and livelihood center, mosque, and a toy library complete with water and electricity.
The construction of the Angat Buhay Village is a project of the OVP, the Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, and the Marawi City government.
The housing project is funded by the P7.5-million donation from Robredo’s 25,000 supporters across the country under the “Piso Para Kay Leni Movement.”
They raised the amount originally for the electoral fees of the Vice President in the protest she is facing before the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.
Robredo’s office, through its flagship antipoverty project, Angat Buhay, spearheaded the construction of the transitional shelters with amenities to provide the displaced families all their needs once they live in the village.
“Kasi mayroong parang market, ang gusto nating mangyari parang self-contained siya. Self- contained iyong lugar para hindi na kailangang lumayo para bumili ng pangangailangan o mag-aral o mag-simba,” Robredo said.
Once the houses are completed in June, the Vice President announced plans to build 40 more transitional shelters.
“Ang target talaga namin 100 houses. Pero ang kaya lang na matapos, 60,” the 53-year-old Robredo said.
“Tapos may nine-negotiate kami na mas malaking lupa kasi iyong lupa galing sa city government of Marawi. Ang nagpa-land preparation naman iyong ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) regional government,” she added.
Apart from the Angat Buhay Village, OVP and its Angat Buhay partners provided aid worth P11.53 million for Marawi residents. Among these include relief assistance, livelihood opportunities, medicines, hygiene kits, and school supplies