More families displaced by last year’s Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses in Camarines Sur will soon have their own homes after Vice President Leni Robredo set in motion the construction of additional Angat Buhay Village in her home province.
Robredo was in Sagñay, Camarines Sur last weekend for the groundbreaking ceremony of her office’s 4th housing project.
Under the initiative “Bahaynihan,” the Office of the Vice President (OVP) and its private partners target to build 50 housing units for the affected families. This is part of OVP’s post-typhoon rehabilitation efforts.
The Angat Buhay Village is a project of OVP, the University of Nueva Caceres, Kaya Natin! Movement, and the Sagñay local government.
“Ito ang communities na nabisita natin noong after Typhoon Rolly saka Ulysses. Ito iyong mga—wala pang bagyo, lumakas lang ang ulan nililikas na sila (These are the communities we visited after Typhoon Rolly and Ulysses. These are the—even there is no typhoon yet, when heavy rain poured, they are being evacuated),” she said over dzXL.
“Recently nakahanap na ng lupa iyong LGU. So masisimulan na natin ang project ngayon (the LGU was able to find a land. So we can start the project now),” Robredo added.
The vice president also broke ground on Monday, June 7, for the construction of 37 housing units in Calabanga, also in Camarines Sur.
Calabanga is a coastal town where households were damaged during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Rolly in November 2020.
Robredo noted the housing project should have earlier started, but the lack of land caused delays in the construction.
“Actually, dapat noong December pa ito. Pero in-arrange pa kasi—ayaw kasi natin mag-build kung hindi naman, kung hindi permanente iyong lupang papatirikan ng bahay nila (it should have started last December. But it had to be arranged since—we don’t want to build houses if the land is not permanent),” she said.
The OVP has three other Angat Buhay Village in Marawi, Albay, and Lupi, Camarines Sur.