SOS Turns Over 79 Houses To Families Affected By Typhoon Haiyan In Tacloban

SOS Children’s Villages Philippines turned over 27 houses to the local governments of Tacloban City and 52 more in the municipality of Tanauan on May 11 and 12, 2017, respectively.  The 79 beneficiary-families for relocation were present during the ceremony to receive the keys to their new homes.  Witnessing the two turn over ceremonies were local government officials and representatives from SOS Children’s Villages Philippines. 

The first 27 recipients in Sto Nino, Tacloban City are Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) or families with PWDs living with them who have lost their homes during the Haiyan devastation. In Pago, Tanauan, recipients are all from households living in the No-Built-Zone area in the coastal communities. 

A plaque of appreciation was conferred to SOS Children’s Villages Philippines  by Mayor Tecson of Tanauan in recognition for all the help it extended to the communities in relief distribution and rehabilitation. 

“Working hand in hand with organizations like SOS Children’s Village helped our city recover from the worst disaster yet that struck us. We are glad that SOS has always been there to help us, especially in times that we need help the most,” said Mr. Superable, the representative from the Office of the Mayor in Tacloban City.

“These well-built and beautiful houses are a concrete testament to the real support that SOS Children’s Villages provide to the vulnerable families in our community. My constituents and I will be forever grateful to the organization for helping us recover from the destruction brought by Typhoon Haiyan,” said Honorable Tecson, Mayor of Tanauan. 

“Families living near the sea who almost lost their lives during Typhoon Haiyan, and most probably lost their loved ones, will now be safe here in these new houses which are also a symbol of hope. Building these houses from the ruins means we have not given up. Now let’s have better lives in these better homes,” said Atty. Esperas, the President of the Board of Trustees of SOS Children’s Village Tacloban.

To date, a total of 27 units have been turned over in the housing project in Sto. Niño, Tacloban City while 123 more units are for completion. In the project of Pago, Tanauan, 150 units have been turned over and 170 more are near completion. These housing projects are expected to be finished at the end of August 2017 and will be the new homes of 470 families.

Tacloban City and the Municipality of Tanauan are both situated in the province of Leyte where Typhoon Haiyan brought massive destruction on November 8, 2013. The housing project is part of the Emergency Response Program of SOS Children’s Villages and was made in partnership with the local governments of Tacloban City and Tanauan.  As part of the partnership, the respective local governments shall manage the housing projects. 

Ribbon cutting to start the turn over ceremony. In front from left to right: Romil Rayos del Sol (SOS Deputy National Director), Gemma Goliat (SOS National Director), Jake Superable (Representative from the Office of the Mayor, Tacloban City), Atty. Evangeline Esperas (President, Board of Trustees, SOS Children’s Village Tacloban), and Oscar Garol (Village Director, SOS Children’s Village Tacloban)

Families receive the key to their new house

Atty. Evangeline Esperas (President, Board of Trustees, SOS Children’s Village Tacloban)

Some of the 52 family beneficiaries. “When Typhoon Haiyan hit, our house was destroyed and we lost most of our belongings. We thought that we would never recover. But SOS came and helped us. Now we have a beautiful house of our own, which was our dream ever since. Thank you SOS for helping us,” says Jesca Mae Garrido, child of a beneficiary family.

A group of youth from Tanauan performs at the turnover ceremony

Romil del Sol, Deputy National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Philippines
“A family without a house of their own finds it difficult to grasp the concept of home. Now with these new houses all for you, you can finally have a place of your own where you can call home.”